Lupfer honored by firefighters’ organization

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Pictured here, from left to right, are Jerry Lupfer, Susan Lupfer, and Mark Resanovich, President of the Ohio State Firefighters Association. The OSFA has 19,000 members throughout Ohio’s fire service.

Retired Groveport Madison elementary school teacher Sue Lupfer recently was named the first non-firefighter to win an 80-year-old state fire association award.

Lupfer, a longtime Firefighter’s Auxiliary member, was presented the Myron George Distinguished Service Award—the first woman to be so honored—at the 80th annual Ohio State Firefighters and Auxiliary Conference in Columbus.

The award is given to an individual recognized by Ohio State Firefighters Association President Mark Resanovich for their dedication to the fire service. Traditionally the award is given to a firefighter.

“I chose a person who has given so much to the service that for me it was the best choice,” said Resanovich. “Even though Sue was not a firefighter, her dedication, and commitment to the fire service should be recognized. As a wife of firefighter and a member of the auxiliary, she gave unselfishly to stand with her husband, making Jerry (Lupfer) a successful and highly regarded fire chief. For us firefighters, we are so blessed with a spouse who shares in our passion, who understands our commitment, dedication and love of the fire service.”

Resanovich said it is people like Lupfer who are successful through their caring, love and devotion in taking care of the home, children and grandchildren when firefighters are on duty.

“Sue has given so much to so many people; always a beautiful smile, a soft voice and a willingness to help,” said Resanovich. “Sue spent many years growing the Ladies Auxiliary, coordinating conferences and providing leadership. I can’t think of a more deserving person then Sue, for me it was an honor to present the award.”

According to Lupfer’s husband, Jerry, who retired as chief for the Hamilton Township Fire Department, his wife is a 40-year member of the Auxiliary, having served in leadership positions at the local, county and state level. She is a two-time past president of the state Auxiliary and past president of both the Franklin County and Hamilton Township Firefighters Auxiliaries.

Susan Lupfer served more than 15 years as the state conference coordinator and was responsible for planning and arranging tours and activities, along with arranging conference space, speakers, equipment and class supplies for auxiliary members and participating firefighters.

As a teacher, she taught kindergarten and first grade students at Groveport Madison Schools for 32 years and is a former member of the Madison Christian School Board.

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