Ronald Meigs, his wife Kristin and stepson Kaden Hentschel pose for a photo with Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman and County Board Supervisor Brian Bashaw during an award ceremony Tuesday evening at the County Center in Bristol.

Bristol residents recognized for heroism in response to fiery crash

Ronald Meigs and Kaden Hentschel receive 'Kenosha County Heroes Among Us' commendations


Kenosha County is located in the southeastern corner of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Its population in 2019 was estimated to be 169,561, making it the eighth most populous county in Wisconsin. The county is named after the county seat, Kenosha, the fourth largest city in Wisconsin.

Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman and Town of Paris Chairman John Holloway presented awards to a Bristol man and his stepson for their Good Samaritan response to a dangerous situation last month.

On Dec. 9, Ronald Meigs happened upon a car fire while driving in the 16100 block of 38th Street (Highway N) in Paris. Meigs, who did not hesitate to approach the vehicle to assess the situation, risked his own life in getting the door to the burning vehicle open and pulling the driver out to safety.

Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman presents Heroes Among Us commendations to Ronald Meigs and Kaden Hentschel for the actions they took to save a driver’s life during a fiery crash in the Town of Paris on Dec. 9. Pictured, from left, are Paris Fire Chief Colin Hennessey; Meigs’ wife and Hentschel’s mother, Kristin Meigs; Meigs and Hentschel; Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman, County Board Supervisor Brian Bashaw, Paris Assistant Fire Chief Rich Perkins; and town Chairman John Holloway.

As this was happening, Meigs relayed accurate and important information to his stepson, Kaden Hentschel, a Westosha Central High School freshman who was on the phone with a Kenosha Joint Services dispatcher.

Meigs’ and Hentschel’s actions proved crucial to saving the driver’s life, said Paris Fire Chief Colin Hennessey.

As such, Meigs and Hentschel were both recipients of two new awards presented during a ceremony Tuesday evening at the Kenosha County Center.

“A random act of kindness can change the world and change somebody’s life.”

– Samantha Kerkman, Kenosha County Executive

On behalf of the county, Kerkman presented them with Kenosha County Heroes Among Us commendations, while Holloway bestowed them with Town of Paris Standing Ovation Awards.

“A random act of kindness can change the world and change somebody’s life,” Kerkman said. “What you did one month ago obviously changed somebody else’s life, and we might have had a different outcome if it wasn’t for your heroism.”

All too often, Holloway said, people do remarkable things that get accepted as everyday occurrences but should be recognized.

“We need to slow down sometimes and recognize when people do very special things,” he said.

Ronald Meigs, his stepson Kaden Hentschel and wife Kristin Meigs pose for a photo with Kenosha County and Town of Paris officials and members of the Paris Fire and Rescue Department. Ronald and Kaden were recipients Tuesday night of two new awards from the town and the county, recognizing their heroic response to a fiery crash on Dec. 9.

Also present at Tuesday’s ceremony, along with family and friends of Meigs and Hentschel, were Hennessey, Paris Assistant Fire Chief Rich Perkins, and Paris-area County Board Supervisor Brian Bashaw.

In his remarks, Perkins credited Meigs’ wife and Hentschel’s mom, Kristin Meigs, who was also on the scene and was directing traffic when Fire Department personnel arrived.

“It was a heroic act that night that saved this person’s life,” Perkins said.