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Published: Saturday, 4/30/2011 - Updated: 4 years ago

Ex-Delta fire chief lauded for service to community

Owens honors host of first responders

BY JENNIFER FEEHAN
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Retired Fire Chief Chuck Hudson of Delta, Ohio, displays his Outstanding Service Award. Retired Fire Chief Chuck Hudson of Delta, Ohio, displays his Outstanding Service Award.
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There was the search-and-rescue team that tunneled under massive sections of concrete to save a trapped man’s life.

There were the firefighters who dashed inside a burning house and rescued the occupant before their safety equipment arrived.

Still, it was 77-year-old Chuck Hudson who received a standing ovation Friday at the Owens Community College Alumni Association’s eighth annual Outstanding Service Award ceremony.

Mr. Hudson, who has volunteered for the Fulton County village of Delta’s community fire department since graduating from high school in 1954, was recognized with the Outstanding Service to the Community Award.

Delta Mayor Dan Miller, who nominated Mr. Hudson for the award, said the retired fire chief epitomizes service to community. He gives without expecting to receive. “Chuck was fire chief for 10 years or so, but he’s been on the department over 50 years,” Mr. Miller said. “Chuck’s just been a good guy. He volunteers and does what needs to be done for the village. He steps up.”

The Outstanding Emergency Medical Technician Award was presented to the Northwest Ohio Region One Urban Search and Rescue Team and three of its members from the Toledo Fire Division — Capt. Bryce Blair, paramedic/firefighter Jamie Morelock, and Lt. Joseph Schwanzl. The team was called to the Fremont Co., a food processing plant in Fremont, last July 7 after the roof collapsed, trapping two men under concrete debris. One of the workers was killed; the other survived after being freed by the search and rescue team.

Swanton Fire Capt. Gary Roytek and Swanton Deputy Chief Chad Smith received the Outstanding Firefighter Award for rescuing the occupant of an Airport Highway home last Sept. 29. Because a train had delayed the fire engine, the two rushed into the house, found the resident, and dragged her to safety without wearing their breathing apparatus.

Port Clinton police officers Corbin Carpenter and James Cipiti along with Ottawa County Sheriff’s Deputy John Carpenter received the Outstanding Police Officer Award for pursuing a robbery suspect who fled the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Port Clinton, ultimately catching him after he’d run into a wooded area.

Lorrel Filliater of Fostoria received the Community Spirit Award. Executive director of Grand Court Assisted Living, Ms. Filliater has been involved with law enforcement and crime prevention for nearly 20 years and has trained volunteers for the Block Watch/Neighborhood Watch Program.

Also Friday, the alumni association presented an $800 scholarship in memory of Toledo Police Detective Keith Dressel to Gina Meyers of Leipsic, Ohio, a full-time criminal justice technology major at Owens. Detective Dressel, 35, was shot to death in February, 2007, during a struggle with a juvenile who had been stopped by police for suspected drug activity.

For eight years, the Owens Alumni Association has presented the service awards to safety personnel from across northwest Ohio as a way of saying ‘thank you.’ Laura Moore, executive director of the alumni association, said recipients do not need to be Owens alumni.

“The Owens Alumni Association strongly believes in recognizing the service to our community provided by the police, fire, and emergency medical professionals,” she said. “They demonstrate selfless acts of courage each and every day when they put on their uniform and so many times that service goes unrecognized.”

Contact Jennifer Feehan at: jfeehan@theblade.com or 419-724-6129.


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