The Owens Community College Alumni Association recognizes the tremendous contribution that police, fire and emergency medical professionals make to our communities. Their selfless acts of public courage make our lives safer. To honor their accomplishments, the Alumni Association is proud to sponsor the signature Outstanding Service Awards Celebration.
On the night of November 1, 2013, at 9:20 p.m., Officer Sutton Flick was on routine patrol in the Village of Carey, when the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office received a report of a shooting at the Carey Conservation Club where several victims had been shot in the Club House. The radio call went out for all available officers to respond to the Conservation Club for an "Active Shooter."
Officer Flick drove approximately three miles into the county and was the first officer to arrive on scene. Upon arrival, several witnesses informed Officer Flick that at least two victims were dead and that the male suspect was barricaded inside the Club House. Officer Flick instinctively headed toward the threat, only to hear witnesses from inside the Club House yelling, "He is coming out!" There was no time to wait for his backup officers.
Officer Flick positioned himself to cover two exit doors with his weapon drawn. The suspect cautiously exited the Club House, still brandishing a silver pistol in his right hand. Officer Flick confronted the suspect by ordering him to drop the weapon. The suspect hesitated for several seconds while he contemplated his options. Finally, he obeyed the commands by tossing his pistol to the ground several feet away. Officer Flick ordered the suspect to the ground and secured him with handcuffs. He was searched and placed in the cruiser by Officer Flick, who then questioned him on whether there were any other shooters inside the building. Thankfully, there were no other shooters and this entire apprehension occurred prior to the next officer arriving on scene.
After the incident, Wyandot County Sheriff Mike Hetzel summed up the professional bravery of Officer Flick by saying, "He kept us from having a nighttime, armed manhunt. The crime scene and apprehension was contained within the confines of the Conservation Club, which greatly enhanced the investigation and eventual prosecution."
The suspect is currently incarcerated and has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Murder, Kidnapping and Felonious Assault with a deadly weapon. The outstanding service of Officer Flick has brought a great deal of credit to himself and to the entire law enforcement community.
~ Nominated by Daniel A. Walter, Chief of Police, Carey Police Department
On January 26, 2014, at 2:47 p.m., Toledo Fire & Rescue Department Engine 3, including Firefighter/EMT James A. Dickman, Firefighter/EMT Mark Klempner, Firefighter/EMT Stephen Machcinski, Lieutenant George Simko and other crews, were dispatched to an apartment fire with occupants reportedly still inside.
On arrival, crews found a two-story building with a working fire. Engine 3 was assigned "attack." After attempting to make entry through a door on the first floor that was found not to lead anywhere, the crew of Engine 3 used a ladder to enter through a second floor window. Firefighter Dickman climbed the ladder, broke out the window and entered with the hose line. He was quickly followed by Firefighter Machcinski and Lieutenant Simko. Firefighter Klempner was pump operator for the engine supplying water to the hose line.
The crew encountered heavy smoke conditions as they advanced, looking both for trapped occupants and the fire. Shortly after entry, conditions suddenly and rapidly changed. Extreme heat drove the crew to lay flat on the floor as fire rolled over their heads. Lieutenant Simko ordered Firefighter Dickman to put water on the fire, which he did. Moments later, conditions got even hotter. Lieutenant Simko ordered the crew to get out as conditions continued to deteriorate. Lieutenant Simko was forced to dive out a second floor door onto an outside deck-like area in order to survive. Lieutenant Simko immediately noticed Firefighters Dickman and Machcinski had not exited behind him and transmitted a mayday. After being rescued by the Rapid Intervention Team, Firefighters Dickman and Machcinski died as a result of their injuries.
~ Nominated by Captain Michael Benadum, Toledo Fire & Rescue Department
On July 14, 2013, at 8:07 a.m., Toledo Fire & Rescue Department Engine 17 responded to a report of a person in cardiac arrest on the I-75 South overpass near Exit 204. When Engine 17 arrived on scene, off-duty Firefighter/EMT Michael Fuelling was with the patient. The patient's wife reported that her husband lost consciousness while driving, causing their car to hit the concrete medium before coming to a stop.
After witnessing the accident, Firefighter Fuelling stopped to help. He found the patient breathless and pulseless. After performing CPR for approximately two minutes, the patient raised his arm and started to breathe on his own. By the time Engine 17 arrived on scene, the patient was talking and had good vital signs. Firefighter Fuelling continued to help Engine 17 prepare the patient for transport. He was also seen comforting and helping the patient's wife.
The overpass was busy with semi-trucks and traffic at the time of the accident. With only his truck as protection on the expressway, Firefighter Fuelling put himself at great risk while performing CPR until the police and Engine 17 arrived to block traffic. Without his decisive and successful actions, the patient would have had little chance of survival. Firefighter Fuelling's courageousness and professionalism was exemplary and heroic.
~ Nominated by Jamie Young, Lieutenant, Toledo Fire & Rescue Department
For the past 22 years, Paul Heineman has been fire chief of the Woodville Township Fire Department, dedicating himself to not only making the Woodville Township Fire Department a better fire department, but also to improving communications between the Sheriff's Office and the individual fire departments within the county.
At 82 years young, Heineman only stepped down because he ran for township trustee and won.
Over the years, Heineman has fought for levies that allowed the Woodville Township Fire Department to afford the equipment and trucks they have now. This equipment and trucks make the department one of the best around, according to those who work there.
Heineman's leadership has been outstanding over the past 22 years, according to his coworkers, who say he deserves to be recognized for his leadership and dedication, not only to the Woodville Township Fire Department, but to fire service as a whole.
~ Nominated by William R. Andrews, Chief, Woodville Township Fire Department
In tribute to and appreciation for the memory, life and heroism of Detective Keith Dressel, the Owens Community College Alumni Association established the Detective Keith Dressel Memorial Endowment Scholarship in 2007. The Scholarship is awarded annually to an Owens student who has the courage to become a police officer and embodies the passion, conviction and perseverance demonstrated by Detective Dressel during his career.
The Owens Community College Alumni Association is pleased to award the Detective Keith Dressel Memorial Scholarship to Scott Histed.
Histed has that passion and conviction. He is a full-time Owens student, having enrolled as a criminal justice major in Fall 2011 after graduating early from Maumee High School.
Histed says that he wanted to become a police officer "every since I was a little kid." During his senior year in high school, he participated in a ride-along program with the Maumee Police Department, recording and documenting more than 70 hours spent with dispatchers, detectives and road patrol officers.
After graduation, Histed plans to enroll in the Owens Police Academy. After completing the Academy, he hopes to work at a local police department as a road patrol officer before getting a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. At that point, he will decide whether to move up in rank or apply to become an FBI/DEA agent. Either way, Histed plans to "utilize his law enforcement degree to the fullest." He adds, "I want to become the best police officer I can be and have strong community relations within the community in which I work and live."
Histed has maintained a 3.0 grade point average in addition to working. He is also an active member of his church.