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Patrol investigates June 13 airplane crash near Bluffton

The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating an injury airplane crash that occurred on June 13, 2022 at approximately 5:15 p.m. The crash occurred in a field south of the Bluffton Airport. 

Robert S. Searfoss, age 48, of New Bavaria Ohio, was flying a 1968Cessna 172 when he lost control of the air craft crashing into a field.The air craft struck nose first and flipped over. Mr. Searfoss suffered serious injuries and was flown to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo Ohio. Mr. Searfoss was using his safety belt.


EMS building to serve as cooling station

Ebenezer Mennonite Church open until 10 p.m.

UPDATE: With AEP Ohio crews working on multiple downed towers in the Bluffton area, service began to be restored to the area on the afternoon and evening of June 14.

Beginning 10:00 a.m. on June 14, a cooling station has been established at the EMS building behind the fire department on N. Main St. at Thurman.

Town Hall phone lines, including Police Department, are down. In an emergency call 911.

For non-emergency matters call the Allen County Sheriff's Office non-emergency line at 419-227-3535.


Explosion on SR 103 destroys home; two bodies reported

UPDATED 8:55 a.m. June 9

At approximately 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, an explosion shook the Bluffton area. Responders including Bluffton Fire and EMS were on the scene, where photos show the home at 2275 SR 103 was totally destroyed.

The Ohio Fire Marshal's office has issued the following information:

"Cause is under investigation and investigator cannot eliminate propane gas leak as cause at this time. No evidence or indication of criminal activity.


May 2022 Bluffton EMS report

The Icon can attest that the Bluffton EMS has been extra busy lately, with all of the public events that require a unit on standby. We’ve seen them in attendance frequently, including the Bluffton Trout Derby and Memorial Day Parade and program.

Here’s an accounting of the volunteer crew’s May 2022 calls for service:

  • 79 Calls for Service
  • 52 Medical
  • 5 Non-emergency Transports
  • 3 Motor Vehicle Crashes
  • 6 Fire alarms/Calls
  • 2 Mutual Aid/Motor Vehicle Crashes
  • 3 Mutual Aid/Medical
  • 8 Special Events

2022 calls to date: 308


Allen County introduces emergency text messaging

Allen County 911 Board and EMA has announced that beginning on May 10, 2022 Allen County will begin accepting text-to-9-1-1 emergency messaging.

Wireless customers can now send a text, up to 140 characters, to 9-1-1 in an emergency. Text to 9-1-1 should only be used in an emergency when placing
a call is not possible: for instance, if the caller is deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech impaired, or when speaking aloud would put the caller in danger.

Text to 9-1-1 is for emergencies only


EMS report for March 2022

In March 2022, Bluffton EMS has 35 calls for service including:

26 Medical Calls

5 Fire calls

2 Motor Vehicle Crashes

2 Mutual Aid Motor Vehicle crashes

The service transported 19 patients in March.

The Bluffton EMS is an all volunteer (on-call) agency. The EMS Chief is Jan Basinger, [email protected].