The City of Cincinnati honored Firefighter Trent Carter, a 2007 graduate of the Butler Tech Firefighting Technology high school program, with its EMS Award of Merit.
In Summer of 2016, Carter was part of a crew that responded to a report of a man and woman unconscious in a vehicle. When the crew arrived, they also found a frightened 6-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl in the back seat. Their parents had overdosed on heroin.
Carter removed the children from the car and took them to a nearby store, where he got them involved in conversation, and bought them snacks and drinks. He stayed with the children for an hour so they did not have to witness their parents being revived and interviewed by police.
The City of Cincinnati notes that the EMS Award of Merit is for employees who perform in a manner beyond what is normally expected at an incident. Firefighter Carter displayed that through his compassion and exceptional treatment of the children during what was certainly a stressful experience.