Undersheriff Carl Albright (left) and Sheriff Tim Parker (right) pose for a picture with Michelle Squire (center) after presenting her with a certificate Tuesday morning for her life-saving actions Sunday night. (COREY MURRAY PHOTO)
By Corey Murray, Hillsdale Daily News
HILLSDALE — The Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Office honored Michelle Squire, the woman credited with saving the lives of two children Sunday.
Sheriff Tim Parker said Squire was at her home on Edon Road, just north of the village of Camden, Sunday, expecting her brother to stop by, when Dustin Vogelsong, now charged with aggravated murder in Ohio, pulled into her driveway.
Parker said the man, later identified as Vogelsong, walked towards her car and said he wanted her car.
Confused, Squire saw that Vogelsong was covered in blood and had his two daughters, aged 3 and 7 with him.
“When he turned and I saw all the blood, I said ‘oh no,’” Squire said. “My first thought was the kids. Through the whole thing I was kind of blank. I was in shock.”
“Michelle immediately thinks of protecting the children,” Parker said. “She tells the man to bring the children up to the house for their protection. Once the children are at her front door along with the obviously bleeding man, Michelle takes the children into her house and immediately locks the door.”
Vogelsong was locked outside.
“What Michelle doesn’t know is that the man within the past hour has killed his father-in-law and severely beat the mother of his children,” Parker said.
Vogelsong eventually left Squire’s home, heading southbound on M-49 where he stole fuel from the BP station in Camden before heading back into Ohio where he was arrested.
“After I got them inside, the oldest girl asked to use the bathroom,” Squire said. “The girls were actually calm through all this. It was almost like this was normal for them.”
Vogelsong’s daughters, thanks to Squire, were turned over safely to the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office.
“It is always a fine line that we walk in law enforcement to encourage people to become involved and not jeopardizing personal safety,” Parker said. “All of us seem to have a level of what triggers that response to become involved.”
For her actions in saving the lives of Vogelsong’s children, Parker, the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Office and the Reading Pizza Barn are thankful.
“Thank you Michelle for caring about the children and doing the right thing,” Parker said. “When many other people may have just ran back into their homes and called 911 about a bloody man attempting to get their car, you took action that we believe may have saved the lives of two small children.”
Parker and Undersheriff Carl Albright presented Squire with a letter of commendation from the sheriff’s office for her actions.
She was also presented a certificate from the Derek and Kayla Bassage and the Reading Pizza Barn to Squire for a free family meal deal as a token of their appreciation.
“Again, thank you for putting others above yourself,” Parker said.
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