Fire chief, deputy honored for saving teen from burning house.

June 8, 2022

Deputy Cavner, Brayden Bishop and Chief Yost at the fire scene last December.

Fire chief, deputy honored for saving teen from burning house.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

GRANT TOWNSHIP — Grant Township Fire Chief Dan Yost and Oceana County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Cavner were honored by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association for their lifesaving efforts during a house fire last December.

Chief Dan Yost was presented a Lifesaving Award from the Michigan Sheriff’s Association, and Deputy Cavner was presented the Distinguished Service Medal.

Oceana County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Cavner

Brayden Bishop, 16, of Rothbury was saved from a burning house on Water Road by Yost and Cavner the morning of Dec. 22, 2021.

His three dogs — a Shih Tzu and two labs — were also rescued in the frigid conditions.

Grant Township Fire Chief Dan Yost receives his award from Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast Tuesday evening, June 7, at the Grant Township Board meeting.

“We extricated the person out of an upstairs window,” said Chief Yost at the scene. “He had a blanket hanging out the window, and his head was hanging out the window. We were able to get him out before the rest of the department got here, and then Cavner and myself were able to rescue the dogs.”

Cavner and Yost were first to arrive on scene and used a ladder provided by the homeowner to save Brayden and his dogs. 

“He crawled out the window, and we carried him the rest of the way,” said Cavner. 

This is not the first time Deputy Cavner has been honored for his bravery during a fire. He was presented the American Police Hall of Fame General Commendation Award for his bravery during an apartment fire in December 2016. Cavner, who was working as a Hart police officer, rescued residents at Parkview Manor apartment complex on East Main Street. 

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