Whitestown Fire Dept. to honor civilians after house fire rescue


The Whitestown Fire Dept. will honor two residents for rescuing a homeowner from a recent house fire.

Cody and Brittney Hartman were leaving a friend’s house the evening of Dec. 5 when they noticed heavy smoke coming from a house in the 3700-block of Dusty Sands Road. They entered front door and found the resident inside. They got him out of the house and called 911.

Both will be honored Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. at Whitestown Fire Station 271, at 2965 S. 575 E., according to a press release, but the ceremony is not open to the public.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

By the time WFD personnel arrived on scene, a heavy fire was showing. The fire was extinguished just over an hour into the incident.

The homeowner was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in serious condition and is still hospitalized with mostly third-degree burns on 30 percent of his body, according to Whitestown officials.

“Without the quick thinking, selfless, and heroic actions that Cody and Brittney performed that night, the outcome would have undoubtedly been much worse,” stated WFD Chief Josh Westrich. “Cody and Brittney are civilian heroes that saved a man’s life.”