Jackson Township names firefighter of year

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Jackson Township Fire Chief Lloyd Sheets (right) congratulates Luke Smith who was named Firefighter of the Year for 2007.

Jackson Township Fire Chief Lloyd Sheets (right) congratulates Luke Smith who was named Firefighter of the Year for 2007.

At the June 26 Jackson Township Board of Trustees meeting, the board members recognized two members of the community for the acts of valiancy shown by them in the past year.

The Grove City Kiwanis Club was on hand to present a plaque to Jackson Township Firefighter Luke Smith was who named as the Firefighter of the Year for 2007.

"This is one of the best awards you can get as a firefighter," said Jackson Township Fire Chief Gilbert (Lloyd) Sheets. "Luke is very deserving of this award. Besides being an excellent firefighter and paramedic, he takes care of the house and the supplies in them. It’s something to be very proud of."

Smith expressed gratitude towards his family and all of his coworkers who nominated him for this prestigious award.

Also receiving honors at the meeting was Brent Hartsell, where it was proclaimed for June 26 to be Brent Hartsell Day in Jackson Township.

Chairman David Burris explained that sometime in the early morning hours of April 29 Hartsell spotting smoke coming from a house around the vicinity of Central Crossing High School. Instead of immediately calling for help and waiting for them to arrive, he took matters into his own hands and woke all the neighbors up to alert them on the danger that was present.

"I do believe if it wasn’t for him it could have spelled disaster for the family that occupied the house and even the surrounding homes," said Sheets. "Society needs more caring people like Mr. Hartsell."

In other news:

•Sheets told the board during caucus that he would like to send four firefighters to honor guard school in Illinois. It would cost approximately $15,000 to send them there, but the chief feels it would be money well spent.

•It was also proposed there be a trade with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department for at least 25 unused MSA masks for one of Jackson Township’s medical trucks. The masks would be used for firefighter training exercises.

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