5th Annual Gold Star Awards Luncheon

April 14,2004

Worthington, Ohio

 

Ohio Gold Star Award Program

 

 

Hosted by the Ohio Chapters of NENA and APCO

 

Program

 

 

     Opening

 

     Mr. Jay Somerville, President Ohio Chapter of APCO, Communications Supervisor, City of Dublin Police Communications

 

   Presentation of Colors

 

     Washington Township Fire Department Color Guard National Anthem — Mr. Mel Meloy , Fairfield County Sheriffs Office

 

   Invocation

 

     Sergeant Craig Hungler, Dublin Division of Police

 

   Lunch

 

   Introduction of Keynote Speaker Mr. Jay Somerville

 

   Keynote Speaker

 

     Ms Wanda McCarley

     APCO International, Second Vice President

     Tarrant County Texas 9-1-1— District

 

   Sponsor Recognition

 

     Mr. Greg Wenz, Chair - Ohio Gold Star Awards Program, Operation Director—Hamilton County Communications Center

 

   Award Presentations— sponsored by Verizon Mr. Jay Somerville, Emcee

Awards:

Gold Star Certificates

Double Gold Award - Dispatch Teams

Solid Gold - Ohio Telecommunicator of the Year

 

   Benediction Sergeant Craig Hungler

 

   Closing

     “God Bless America” Mr. Mel Meloy, Communications Supervisor Fairfield County Sheriffs Office

 

Seated at the Head Table: Sergeant Craig Bungler. Carol Armitage, Jay Somerville, Wanda McCarley, Greg Wenz

 

 

 

 

We welcome you to the 2003 Gold Star Awards Program. It is with great pleasure that the Ohio Chapters of A PCO and NENA welcome the recipients oft he Gold Star Awards and their guests. All of the nominees should feel honored and everyone is a winner. Making a selec­tion of this type is very difficult since all the telecommuni­cators in the State do an outstanding job every single day. Every telecommunicator has handled calls during the year

that would be award winning. Additionally, the service they provide to the public on a daily basis makes everyone

in the State of Ohio a winner.

We extend a special thanks to the 2003 Gold Star Awards Committee who has worked hard to prepare for today’s event. They have devoted much time and energy to make this special recognition a success. We thank the supervisors and administrators for all the superb nomina­tions that they offered.

We also want to acknowledge the corporate spon­sors for their generous financial support of the Gold Star Program, as well as for their continuous support for APCO and NENA.

To all the nominees, on behalf of NENA and APCO, we offer our sincere congratulations, appreciation, and thanks for jobs well done.

 

Sincerely,

 

Carol Armitage President, Ohio Chapter NENA      Jay Somerville President, Ohio Chapter APCO

 

 

Ohio NENA Board

 

President

Carol Armitage, Defiance County Communications

 

Vice President

Wanda Steiner, City of Akron

 

Secretary

Monte Diegel, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Central Dispatch

 

Treasurer

Valerie DeRose, Summit County Emergency Management

Ohio Chapter of APCO. Executive Board

 

President

Jay Somerville, Dublin Division of Police

 

1st Vice President

Holly E. Wayt City of Westerville Communications

 

2nd Vice President

Matt Franke, City of Oxford Police

 

Secretary/Treasurer

Danielle J. Howe, Lucas County Emergency Services

 

Executive Council Representative

Lynne Feller, Wayne County Justice Center

 

 

 

The Gold Star Awards committee would like to thank the following people for their support and participation in the program.

Ms Wanda McCarley

The Washington Township Fire Department Color Guard

The Gold Star Selectien Committee

Sergeant Craig Hungler

Mr. Mel Meloy

Mr. Jay Somerville

Ms. Carol Armitage

 

 

 

2003 Gold Star Certificates

 

Radio Dispatcher Tonya Birchfield

Ohio State Patrol, Granville Post

 

Radio Dispatcher I Laura Brooks Ohio State Patrol, Delaware Post

 

Radio Dispatcher Judith Bumbalough

Ohio State Patrol, Georgetown Post

 

Police Dispatcher Robed Bunce Jr.

City of Maumee Police Division

 

Fire Dispatcher Shonna Doran

Toledo Fire and Rescue

 

Radio Dispatcher Jill Ehrhart Ohio State Patrol, Bucyrus Post

 

Communications Technician Marie Hayden

Lancaster Police Department

 

Radio Dispatcher Rhonda Macarthy

Ohio State Patrol, District Ten

 

Radio Dispatcher Toni Proffer Ohio State Patrol, Marietta Post

 

Radio Dispatcher Nathan Schwind Ohio State Patrol, West Jefferson Post

 

Dispatcher Sharon Susor

City of Oregon Police and Fire

 

 

2003 Double Gold Awards

 

Team Award

 

Co-Winners

 

Defiance County Communications

 

Communications Officer Stacie Fedderke

Communications Officer Stacy Flores

Communications Officer Lori Hanenkrath

Communications Officer McBride

Communications Officer Trilby Schohl

Communications Officer Anita Thompson

 

For the management of a huge industrial fire at a 300,000 square foot Johns Manville facility in Defiance on May 16, 2003. These team members heard of the event and came to work! The incident involved a large-scale evacuation and termination of rail and air traf­fic until the fire was contained.

 

 

Mercer County Sheriff’s Office Central Dispatch

 

Dispatcher Connie Cook

Dispatcher Leah Cramer

Dispatcher Ed Weirrick

Dispatcher Kelly Westgerdes

Dispatcher Lori Yaney

 

During a 5-day period, beginning July 4, 2003, Mercer County re­ceived up to 21 inches of rainfall. At one point more roads were closed than open in Mercer County. This team worked during the busiest time frame ever for the Communications Center. The team logged numerous overtime hours to process the calls. During the time not one life was lost due to the flood.

 

Nominees:

 

 

Delaware City Police Department

Dispatcher Judy Fitzgerald

Dispatcher Sharon Sullivan

 

Mentor Police and Fire Department

Communications Technician Anne Duncan

Communications Technician Michele Earney

Communications Technician Jackie Harless

Communications Technician Deb Kloski

Communications Technician Dawn Mighton

Communications Technician Linda Speck

Communications Technician Jeanne Stitzei

Communications Technician Millard Woods

 

Ohio State Patrol Canton Post

Communications Technician I Timothy Cardes

Radio Dispatcher Denise Peterson

Radio Dispatcher Dma Slager

Radio Dispatcher Shelley Uhlir

 

Ohio State Patrol

Radio Dispatcher Gabrielle Johnson, Sandusky Post

Radio Dispatcher Suzanne Phillips, Norwalk Post

 

Pickerington Police Department

Dispatcher Courtney Rooker

Dispatcher Greg Seymour

 

Wayne County Justice Center Communications

Communications Officer Mark Bartholomew

Dispatcher Melissa Campbell

Dispatcher Teresa Fiscus

Lead Communications Officer Ron McCallum

Dispatcher Andy Thornton

 

 

2003 Solid Gold Award

 

 

 

Ohio Telecommunicator of the Year

 

Communications Operator Shaun Braden

City of Toledo Police Department

For quick thinking, recognizing the voice of two callers as being the same person which resulted in the call­ers arrest for a homicide

 

 

Nominees:

 

9-1-1 Dispatcher Angela Bzdak

 

Lorain County 9-1-1

 

Dispatcher Diana Collins

 

West Carrollton Police

 

Communications Dispatcher Laurie Grener

 

Grove City Police Department

 

Communications Officer DeMerrill Knaul

 

Marion Police Department Communications

 

Radio Dispatcher Douglas Macarthy

Ohio State Patrol, Elyria Post

 

Radio Dispatcher Sharon Moore

 

Ohio State Patrol, Ravenna Post

 

Dispatcher Wendy Morris

Moraine Police Department

 

Dispatcher Lynne Rice

Hancock County Sheriffs Office

 

Gold Star Awards Supporting Sponsors

The Gold Star Committee is extremely grateful to these compa­nies for their sponsorship of the Ohio Gold Star Awards Program. Their generosity allows the recognition of our Ohio heroes. Thank you very much.

 

Emergitech

Nominee’s shirts

 

InterAct

Door prize

 

 

Intrado

Nonspecific contribution

 

Sprint

Nonspecific contribution

 

Verizon

Trophies, plaques and certificates

 

The following vendors also provided items for the nominee’s

 

APCO International

Motorola

Ohio Chapter of NENA

lntrado

Public Safety Group

Public Safety Training Consultants

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