Firefighter of the Year

By Andrea Cordle
Southwest Editor

Photo courtesy of Jackson Township Firefighter/paramedic Greg Rudduck was named the Jackson Township Firefighter of the Year.
Photo courtesy of Jackson Township
Firefighter/paramedic Greg Rudduck was named the Jackson Township Firefighter of the Year.

Each year, employees for the Jackson Township Division of Fire pick one firefighter deserving of recognition.

This year, that honor went to firefighter/paramedic Greg Rudduck. He was named the 2014 firefighter of the year.

Rudduck has worked for the township’s fire department full-time for five years. Lt. Jim Parmenter, Lt. Jason Burley and Capt. Randy Little nominated him.

“This award meant a lot, especially coming from the guys who nominated me,” said Rudduck. “I look up to them.”

In the nomination letter, Parmenter, Burley and Little wrote, “Greg is one of the hardest workers that we have ever supervised. He is a self-starter and accepts extra duties and assignments with optimism. His work ethic in the station and on-scene reflects Greg’s motivation, maturity and positive attitude.”

The supervisors said Rudduck makes their job easier and said he sets an example for other firefighters to follow.

In his time with the township, Rudduck has received a distinguished service award for rescuing children trapped in a house fire. His personnel file also includes perfect attendance certificates and numerous ‘thank you’ notes from community members.

“I think he is a fantastic individual,” said Jackson Township Fire Chief Rick Dawson. “He cares about kids. He cares about people and works hard when he’s on duty.”

Rudduck is also known for his role in the annual Firefighters for Kids toy drive. He is the coordinator of the program.

“It’s an opportunity to help the less fortunate,” said Rudduck. “We want to make sure everyone has a Christmas.”

Rudduck, who resides in Reynoldsburg, is the father of five children. He said during the toy drive, his kids would come to the station to help too.

Rudduck is also a member of the Central Ohio Strike Team, a rescue technician and a child passenger seat technician.

Rudduck was chosen for this honor out of more than 100 fire department employees. The Kiwanis Club of Grove City sponsors this annual award.

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