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Alumni Association

Outstanding Service Awards

Outstanding 2012 Police Officer Award
Zachary Zender, Deputy Sheriff, Sandusky County Sheriff's Office

Zachary Zender, Deputy Sheriff, Sandusky County Sheriff's Office
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On September 28, 2011, Deputy Sheriff Zachary Zender was on patrol in Ballville Township, Sandusky County. At 12:45 a.m., Deputy Zender spotted a house on fire in a rural area. He had the dispatcher contact the fire department, while he attempted to alert the residents by pounding on the front and back doors of the residence... [read full article]

2012 Outstanding Firefighter Award
Toledo Fire And Rescue Department

Toledo Fire And Rescue Department
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On February 14, 2011, Engine 4 Company responded to a fire on Hilton St. at 12:38 a.m. While on the second floor, Firefighters James White and Mike Werner were low on air and exited the building while Captain Posadny, Firefighter Parker and the rest of the crew remained on the second floor to check for hotspots... [read full article]

2012 Outstanding Emergency Medical Technician Award
Brian E. Henry, Lieutenant, Toledo Fire And Rescue Department

Brian E. Henry, Lieutenant, Toledo Fire And Rescue Department
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On Saturday, November 12, 2011, Lieutenant Brian Henry was enjoying a weekend vacation trip at Hocking Hills State Park with his wife and friends. The group was enjoying a hike through the “Rock House” portion of the park. While at the cliffs forming the top edge of the Rock House, they were present when a 19-year-old male student lost his footing and fell over the cliff face, landing on the rocks more than 35 feet below with a loud crash... [read full article]

2012 Outstanding Service To Community Award
Richard Mathias, Retired Fire Chief, Cygnet Volunteer Fire Department

Richard Mathias, Retired Fire Chief, Cygnet Volunteer Fire Department
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Richard Mathias began his volunteer fire service in the Village of Cygnet at the age of 18, following the excellent example of his father and older brothers. Over the next fifty years, Chief Mathias worked his way up the ranks to become the Fire Chief. Along the way, he was instrumental in getting a new addition for the fire station added to the village hall and keeping all the equipment in running order... [read full article]

2012 Outstanding Community Spirit Award
Dr. Sue Gavron, Community Volunteer

Dr. Sue Gavron, Community Volunteer
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Dr. Sue Gavron is a retired professor from Bowling Green State University who stays just as busy post-retirement. For more than fifteen years, she has served in the Central Joint Fire Department as a firefighter, trainer and public information officer (PIO). Her district includes Liberty Township, Portage Township, the Village of Portage and portions of Plain Township. Dr. Gavron currently supports scene photography and safety and maintains EMT certification... [read full article]

Detective Keith Dressel Memorial Scholarship
Joshua Pettit, School Of Public Safety And Emergency Preparedness
Criminal Justice Major

Joshua Pettit, School Of Public Safety And Emergency Preparedness, Criminal Justice Major
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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... [read full article]




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