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Perrysburg Township firefighter promoted to captain

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Levi Brice, 8, left, stands ready to help as Matt Homik, center, and Tom Brice load a car with food on December 22, 2012.

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Perrysburg Township firefighter Matt Homik was promoted Wednesday to a captain and will get a raise to $26.31 per hour.

Fire Chief Tom Brice said Homik has been with the department for the past six years and has proven to be a leader. His promotion will be effective Friday.

"He has a lot of skills as an instructor and a leader," he said. "He is educated with a bachelor's degree and a hard worker."

On top of Mr. Homik's full-time job with the township fire department, he works part-time as a captain at the Monclova Township Fire Department.

Along with the promotion, Chief Brice announced Wednesday two volunteers had to resign. Kris Swihart, who retired from her full-time position with the department last year, didn't have enough time for runs anymore, and Sara Rynski was moving away from the area.

Ms. Swihart worked for the department since the inception of the emergency medical services in 1987.

"There's always a lot of fluctuation with volunteers," Chief Brice said. "We're pretty good though. The number of volunteers we have now is above average."

Also at the Perrysburg Township Trustee's department head meeting Wednesday, Bob Warnimont said the first electronic recycling that was offered Saturday went extremely well.

"It was the first time for it and there were a lot of TV's we took," he said. "We passed out cards for it too, so we think it is going to take off."

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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