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Owen Community College’s Alumni Association has chosen seven area residents to receive the 11th annual Outstanding Service Awards for their contributions to northwest Ohio’s surrounding communities.
Award recipients are Sutton A. Flick, James Dickman, Stephen Machcinski, Mark Klempner, George Simko, Michael Fuelling, and Paul Heineman.
“Owens Community College’s Alumni Association is proud to once again recognize the selfless acts of northwest Ohio’s safety forces that so often go unnoticed,” said Matt A. Feasel, alumni association president. “The Outstanding Service Awards were created to honor their efforts and thank them for their continued service to our region, state and country."
The awards are presented within the categories of Outstanding Police, Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and Service to Community.
The recipient of the police award is Carey Police Officer Sutton Flick of Findlay. He was nominated by Daniel Walter, chief of police in Carey for his professional bravery during his response to an “active shooter” situation on Nov. 1.
The Toledo Fire & Rescue Department's Private James Dickman of Perrysburg, Private Stephen Machcinski of Toledo, Private Mark Klempner of Toledo, and Lt. George Simko of Toledo are named the Outstanding Firefighter Award recipients. Captain Michael Benadum of the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department nominated them for their outstanding efforts and bravery on Jan. 26, during a two-story building fire in north Toledo in which Mr. Dickman and Mr. Machinski lost their lives.
Toledo Fire & Rescue Department Private Michael Fuelling of Toledo is the recipient of the Outstanding Emergency Medical Technician Award. Lt. Jamie Young nominated him for his life-saving efforts during a cardiac arrest on I-75 while off duty on July 14.
Paul Heineman of Woodville, a retired fire chief of Woodville Township, was named the Outstanding Service to Community Award recipient. Chief William Andrews of the township Fire Department nominated him for his leadership and dedication. Mr. Heineman has served as the fire chief of the township Fire Department for the past 22 years. Mr. Heineman, 82, stepped down only because he was elected as a township trustee.