Fire chief in Pleasant Township recognized for leadership

By Hannah Poling
Staff Writer

The Pleasant Township Fire Chief was recently recognized for his leadership.

JB Bott with the Ohio Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) attended a recent Pleasant Township board meeting to present the Seven Seals Award to Fire Chief David Whiting. This is awarded to individuals for leadership and initiative in support of men and women who serve America in the National Guard and Reserve.

ESGR was started in 1972 and is intended to promote and foster cooperation and understanding of the National Guard and Reserves. It creates a supportive work environment through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities.

“Chief Whiting has shown such a great understanding,” said Bott. “He talks the talk and walks the walk.”

It is the 50th anniversary for ESGR and they wanted to bestow the honor on someone with knowledge and exceptional work ethic.

“You are truly a patriot,” said Bott. “It’s is an honor to pay tribute to Chief Whiting.”

The Pleasant Township Fire Department also swore in a new member.

John Herren, previously worked for the department part-time. He was sworn in to full-time service at the meeting. The ceremony was followed by a reception celebrating the new addition to the department.

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