Former Trotwood vice mayor, chamber president dies in house fire

A house fire claimed the life Sunday morning of a key leader in the city of Trotwood.

The victim in the fire that broke out around 7:30 a.m. in the 100 block of East Main Street was identified as 77-year-old Bonnie Schenk.

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“She was a very important community leader, for the future as well as the past. She’s a part of the history and the fiber of the city of Trotwood. She will be dearly missed,” said Mayor Mary McDonald. 

Bonnie Schenk

Throughout the past few decades Schenk held positions including vice mayor, member of the city council, president of the Chamber of Commerce, president of the Trotwood Heritage Days event and editor of the Trotwood Communicator, according to Dayton Daily News archives.

McDonald said she hasn’t had the chance to meet with city staff on what the city plans to do to honor Schenk.

“It means a lot to be able to share just how we feel as a city regarding this,” McDonald said. “She really was a very important person in our community and very much part of our history.”

Schenk died at Miami Valley Hospital after she was transported there following the fire.

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Schenk was a resident at the house where the fire occurred, the coroner’s office said.

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Initial reports indicated firefighters encountered heavy smoke and rescued at least one person from the second story.

A fire marshal and investigator were called to the scene.

A cause for the fire remains under investigation.

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