By Sandi Latimer
Several Jackson Township firefighters received special recognition for their manners and expertise in helping members of the community in recent weeks.
“It is our goal of the Jackson Township Fire Department to consistently meet the expectations of our citizens in a professional, compassionate and caring manner” Deputy Chief Rick Dawson told the township trustees in an email presented at the Jan. 14 meeting.
“We are aware that our employees aspire to provide high-quality services to the public each and every time we have an encounter with them,” he said.
One accolade he shared was a letter from a Grove City police officer who witnessed the work of firefighters when the two safety forces arrived at a residence only to find the elderly resident had passed away.
Police Sgt. Eric Scott said the responders had to force their way into the residence after being summoned by neighbors concerned they had not seen the resident.
Scott wrote that while the police officers were doing their work, they noticed the fire department was still there.
“Instead of loading up and leaving, they were kind enough to make temporary repairs to the doors. They didn’t stop there. They shoveled the driveway, too,” he wrote. “When the elderly next of kin arrived, she was able to walk up the cleaned-off driveway.”
Crews from Station 201 responding on that call were medics Morgan Gierman and Jacob Rowe and the engine crew of Lt. Rich Flanagan, Paul Gaston, Kenny Spangler and Dustin Bradbury.
Another tribute went to a crew who responded to a medical emergency for Roger Craven, who praised the firefighters for their expertise, knowledge and ability to help him have a positive outcome.
Craven specifically singled out the work of the medic in charge, Josh Mollohan from Medic 202. His partner that day was Rob Sheller. Also on that run were members of Engine 203 — Lt. Cheyenne Wells, Bill Callahan and David Jacob.
Township officials were impressed with the response from the community and spoke about the need to recognize the employees.
“You can give them certificates,” Township Administrator Mike Lilly said, “but I think we should publicly recognize them.”
Also recognized was fire inspector Tammy Green. She was presented with a proclamation from the Ohio House of Representatives to recognize her as being named the Central Ohio Firefighter of the Year.
Trustees also hired three fire techs. Sworn in and receiving badges were Dustin Widmayer, Matthew Frazier and Jeremy Latella. Fire Chief Lloyd Sheets said the hiring of the three part-timers means there are four fire techs on duty every day.