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Fire group recognizes Truro Township firefighter
A Central Ohio fire buff group has selected Truro Township Fire Department’s Lieutenant Chase Bryan as 2011’s top county firefighter.
Bryan will receive the Box 15 Club “Larry Parlett Distinguished County Fire Service Award” during the group’s annual recognition dinner May 1 at the Firefighter’s Union Hall, 379 W. Broad St., Columbus.
Bryan joined the Truro Township Fire Department in 1999 as a firefighter/paramedic. He was promoted to his current rank in 2006 and heads up the department’s fire prevention bureau.
In addition to his regular duties, which include initial and follow-up building inspections, station tours, teaching fire safety, reviewing new building plans and assisting schools and businesses with their life safety plans, he serves as president of Truro Firefighters Local 2932.
This involves not only business within the union, but also at the state and regional levels, as part of the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters.
Bryan also maintains the department’s med-vault tracking system for narcotics carried on the medic vehicles. Bryan is currently assisting Box 15 with its Pink Ribbon shirt project to raise funds for breast cancer research.
As president of Local 2932, he interacts with both fire administration and the township trustees.
His accomplishments include initiating the annual children’s Christmas party, which he organizes and coordinates every year.
Bryan is active in the fire department’s Part-Time program, which mentors and trains new firefighters, and recently set up a two-day training seminar titled “Leadership, Legacy and Tactical Fire Fighting.”
Bryan was awarded the Medal of Valor for the rescue of a child from a fire, as well as a Medal of Merit for an EMS call.
Both awards were presented in 2007 by the Truro Township Fire Department. He was also awarded a Distinguished Service Award by the Columbus Division of Fire in 2005.
Bryan, who grew up in Zanesville, achieved an associate’s degree from Hocking College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fire science through the University of Cincinnati. Bryan and his wife Kelly have a 2-year-old son, Colt.
The Box 15 Club, organized in 1947, is a volunteer organization affiliated with the International Fire Buff Associates.
Members respond to major fires and emergency incidents, providing rehydration and core temperature stabilization for firefighters.
The Larry Parlett Award is named for the club’s past president who helped the organization grow during his 20 years as president. The Larry Parlett Distinguished County Fire Service Award, given to deserving township and suburban firefighters, is a companion award to the Max Haverman Distinguished Columbus Fire Service award, given to deserving members of the Columbus Division of Fire. The club chooses its annual award recipients from letters of nomination submitted by members of the fire service.
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