Senate District 4
William P. Coley, II
Middletown Senators Welcome Local Hero to be Recognized in Columbus
8 Year Old Boy Saves Sister from Attempted Kidnapping, Praised for his Bravery and Quick Thinking
May 16, 2019
L to R: Senator Wilson, Skyler, Chance, Senator Coley. Photo Credit: The Ohio Channel

COLUMBUS— State Senators Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) and Steve Wilson (R-Maineville) today recognized eight-year-old Chance Coburn of Middletown for rescuing his sister, Skylar, from an attempted kidnapping in April 2019.

"Chance's bravery was truly remarkable on that day, and I am happy that both children escaped the situation unharmed," said Senator Coley. "Both he, and his sister, deserved the recognition they received from the Senate, and I am honored they took the time to join us in Columbus today."

The children's grandmother, Nita Coburn, had driven another family member to the hospital with her two grandchildren in the back seat. As Coburn helped her into the emergency room, 24-year-old Dalvir Singh unexpectedly commandeered the vehicle and attempted to drive away with the kids still in the back.

In a heroic act of bravery, Chance had the presence of mind and quick thinking to not only jump out of the moving vehicle himself, but grabbed his 10-year old sister and saved her as well.

"As we have seen here today, heroes come in all different shapes and sizes," said Wilson. "I am proud of this young man and his courageous spirit."

"There is no telling what tragedy may have unfolded had it not been for Chance. His family, and the entire community, are incredibly proud of him," added Coley.

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