Community Meets Local Heroes

POSTED BY: Katie Jeffries
Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 06:27 PM
Community Meets Local Heroes

When there is an emergency it is the Police, Sheriff, EMTs and Firefighters who put their lives on the line to save those in our community.

Saturday the community had the opportunity to meet these local heroes and learn more about what they do. It was all part of the Public Safety Awareness Day held at Secrest Auditorium.

"I think it is good for the public to get out and see what we have to offer and learn some things about fire safety education and other public safety entities," says Lt. Eric Waltemire with the Zanesville Fire Department.

Canine officer Drako met local children and the Mid East Adult Center for Education gave free blood pressure tests to those in attendance. This is the first year for Public Safety Awareness Day and organizers say they just wanted to recognize and honor all public service employees.

"Every now and then we get someone who says 'thanks, thanks for what you do', we appreciate it and we like to hear that too, but we are here to do a job. Both sides of it, as the education and provide the services to the residents," tells Lt. Brady Johnson with Falls Township Fire Department.

Awards were given to the top firefighter, peace officer and EMT in Muskingum, Coshocton, Guernsey, Morgan, Noble and Perry Counties. While many in the community call these men and women heroes, they say it is just their job.

Award recipients included:

Muskingum County: Firefighter: Troy Cole, New Concord Assistant Fire Chief; EMS: James Bay, Community Ambulance Service; Peace Officers: Officer Mike Schiele and Bosco

Coshocton County: Firefighter: Richard A. “Ricky” Murray Jr., Walhonding Valley Fire Department (deceased); EMS: Terry Cichon-Shroyer, Coshocton County EMS

Guernsey County: Firefighter: Brent Gates, New Concord Fire Chief; EMS: Tom Warner

Morgan County: Firefighter: Tim Smedley, Chesterhill Volunteer Fire Chief; EMS: Terry Robinson, M and M Fire Department, McConnelsville; Peace Officer: Deputy Thomas Jenkins Jr.

Noble County: Firefighter: Dave Shackle, Summerfield Fire Chief; EMS: Dana Bond, Lieutenant Bell Valley Fire Department; Peace Officer: Colonel Chief Deputy Joe Miller

Perry County: Firefighter: Curt Bragg, Corning Fire Chief; EMS: Al Laese, Captain Roseville Fire Department; Peace Officer: Nick Garver, Thornville Chief of Police

Coshocton native Danielle Peck also performed after the awards ceremony. She graduated from River View High School and is signed with DreamWorks Records.

Katie Jeffries

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