TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – Saturday will mark the 1 year anniversary since 4 children and their grandmother were found unconscious inside their home in the 100 block of South Elm Street in Troy.
Troy firefighters and other area first responders immediately went to work trying to save their lives, unsure of what caused their unconsciousness. Later, investigators would discover carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning was to blame, and the landlord had not placed a CO detector inside the home.
3 children, Dionanna Bishop, 14; Dejah Bishop, 13; and Jakia Jones, 13, died days following their rescue.
But one child, Jahari Bishop, then 8, did survive, as well as his grandmother, Jean Bishop.
Friday, the community plans to honor the lives lost and the work to ensure this type of tragedy never happens again.
The Troy Fire Department, Troy council members and the Lincoln Community Center have been pivotal in creating a program that provides residents with free CO detectors and free installation by a firefighter.
“It’s been a year of healing. Part of that healing is directly with the family, communication with Jahari who was a survivor that was just a blessing” said Troy Fire Chief Matthew Simmons. “We’ve installed 280 detectors throughout the community to homes that didn’t have a carbon detector and then we’ve actually made some calls to those residences for carbon monoxide so we’d like to think there’s been lives that have been saved from that tragedy.”
According to Simmons, city leaders have also recently passed an ordinance that makes Troy one of a few Ohio cities to require landlords to provide CO detectors to their tenants for any homes they rent.
Currently, Ohio does not require homes built before 2013 to have CO detectors, while any newly constructed homes after 2013 must install the device.
Chief Simmons tells 2 NEWS the Bishop family stood in strong support of the measure, advocating before Troy city council members for its passage.