Owens presents service awards, Dressel scholarshipWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifteen public safety professionals and one civilian were recipients of the seventh annual Community Service Awards by Owens Community College’s Alumni Association on April 23. The recipients were honored for their outstanding contributions to their communities in Northwest Ohio.
The awards are presented for the Outstanding Police Officer, Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, Service to the Community, and Community Spirit based upon a nomination process for people demonstrating exceptional service to their communities.
The awards are not limited to a single recipient and can be a group honor where teamwork was a key element.
“Owens’ Alumni Association is proud to honor our brave police, fire and emergency medical professionals, as well as private citizens, for their dedication to making our lives safer,” said David Seeger, president of the Alumni Association at Owens.
The recipients of the Outstanding Police Officer Award are Cherie Bryce, a Toledo Police officer, and Keith Miller, a Toledo Police Sergeant, for their response to a shooting incident on May 24.
Upon arriving at the scene, the suspect fired shots at the officers who were unable to reach a shooting victim who was bleeding profusely. Bryce used her training as a negotiator and tried to convince the suspect to put down his gun while Miller called the S.W.A.T. unit to the scene.
When the suspect refused to put down his weapon and raised it to fire at them again, Miller shot the suspect. The officers were able to get medical aid to the victim, saving his life.
The Outstanding Firefighter Award was presented to Toledo firefighters Tom Bartley, Matt Brixey, Eric Ellis, Gil Ruiz and Greg Yingling of the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department. They were nominated for their quick and competent actions that resulted in saving a man’s life in a situation where a few minutes delay could have changed the outcome.
The members of Engine 5 Company responded to an apartment fire on June 27. They found an unconscious victim in the apartment where the fire started, carried the victim to safety for treatment, extinguished the stove fire and opened a glass door for ventilation. By the time a life squad arrived, the victim was revived and conscious enough to refuse transportation to the hospital.
The Outstanding Emergency Medical Technician Award was presented to Michael Fox of Stryker, a paramedic for Williams County Emergency Medical Services. In addition to his full-time paramedic position, Fox serves as an EMS instructor and head adviser for the EMS Explorer Post 2122 for young adults and children in Williams County.
Fox was recognized as a mentor for more than eight years to EMS Explorer Benjamin Murray, who has vision issues and Asperger’s syndrome. With Fox’s support, Murray was accepted into the program, despite his disabilities.
Six members of the Northwest Ohio Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force received the Outstanding Service to the Community Award for their tireless efforts bringing human trafficking to the attention of both law enforcement and social service agencies, while making a positive impact on the lives of victims of the brutal crimes.
The task force included David Gillispie, a detective with the Lima Police Department; Jake Hardie of Perrysburg, a special agent with the FBI; Jennifer Meyers of Cleveland, an FBI victim and witness specialist; David Pauly of Tiffin, a special agent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, Alessandra Norden of Napoleon, a detective with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, and Pete Swartz of Toledo, a detective with the Toledo Police Department.
A second Outstanding Service to the Community Award was presented to John Helm of Bowling Green, an investigator in the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office, for exceptional service and dedication to the protection of residents.
His leadership and cooperation with local law enforcement has led to solving multiple homicide investigations and many other serious crimes in Wood County. Helms has served the people with integrity and professionalism since 1977.
Jim Woodward of Findlay, the facility barber at the Hancock Justice Center, received the Community Spirit Award for making a difference in the lives of persons incarcerated at the complex. He regularly puts his talents to work sharing positive, uplifting messages and music to get incarcerated persons to think about making changes in their behavior and lifestyles.
Owens’ student Jakob Sigler of Findlay was chosen by the alumni association to receive a $500 Detective Keith Dressel Memorial Scholarship for the 2010-11 academic year. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who embodies the passion, conviction and perseverance demonstrated by Detective Dressel, who was killed on duty in 2007.
A senior at Findlay High School, Sigler has earned more than 30 college credits toward his associate’s degree in criminal justice technology at Owens Findlay campus with the goal of becoming a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
“Owens has provided public safety and emergency services education to communities training first responders for 40 years. They are a testament to the training required to perform their jobs. Your success is our success and we salute all of you,” said Renay Scott, interim executive vice president and provost at Owens.