WHEREAS, on October 1, 2017, not only did the City of Las Vegas experience a horrific massacre, the entire country mourned the injuries and the loss of many; and
WHEREAS, Piqua High School graduate, Corporal Austin Cox, was in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival along with thousands of country music goers in what was supposed to be a fun and entertaining concert; and
WHEREAS, that evening gunfire broke out and as the shots rang out, confusion and horror began to unfold; and
WHEREAS, when the reality of what was happening set in, Corporal Austin Cox of Camp Pendleton, California did just what Marines do, he ran towards the gunfire in hopes of helping people; and
WHEREAS, as Corporal Cox began running, he noticed Katrina Hannah lying on the ground in critical condition from gunshot wounds; and
WHEREAS, while trying to protect Katrina, as she was bleeding badly, he knew she needed medical assistance immediately so he picked her up and ran to find cover; and
WHEREAS, while running and carrying Katrina to safety, as well as trying to stop the blood loss, Corporal Cox was able to find transportation to get Katrina to a hospital in order to save her life; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Cox stayed by Katrina’s side throughout the night at the hospital, keeping vigil with Katrina’s mother until he knew she would survive; and
WHEREAS, Corporal Austin Cox’s selfless actions and quick response saved Katrina Hannah’s life on October 1, 2017. It is with respect and gratitude that we honor you this evening as you will always be our HOMETOWN HERO in the City of Piqua!
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Kathryn B. Hinds, Mayor of the City of Piqua, Ohio do hereby proclaim Tuesday, November 21, 2017 as CORPORAL AUSTIN COX day in the City of Piqua as we thank you for your actions on October 1, 2017 and for your service to our Country.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Seal of the City of Piqua, Ohio, this 21st day of November 2017.
MAYOR KATHRYN B. HINDS