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Two Northwood firefighters resigned their positions recently after the fire chief recommended they be dismissed.

Stephen M. Romstadt and Phil J. Wojcinski recently submitted their resignations after they were found guilty by Perrysburg Municipal Court in separate incidents last year. Romstadt, who was district fire chief of Station 2, was charged with domestic violence and assault last April. The court dismissed the domestic violence case against Romstadt on Sept. 13 last year. The court found Romstadt, who is the brother of Fire Chief Tim Romstadt, guilty of assault after he pled no contest to the charge on September 13.

The court imposed a fine, a suspended jail sentence of 180 days, and ruled that he complete a court approved anger management program and alcohol assessment, according to Perrysburg Municipal Court.

The charges against Romstadt were made following a dispute with Lisa K. Materni, of Perrysburg, and Shawna Wojcinski 36, at a Reverse Raffle for the fire department on April 11, 2010. Shawna is the wife of Phil J. Wojcinski. Materni, 36, and Romstadt, 40, had a relationship at one time and had a child together. Both women claimed in police reports that Romstadt was “highly intoxicated” at the time of the incident.

Romstadt allegedly punched Materni in the throat following a dispute, and punched Shawna Wojcinski in the face when she attempted to assist Materni, states a police report.

Romstadt admitted to physically assaulting the women when he was taken into custody on April 11, according to a police report.

Romstadt, according to the report, stated that Materni shoved a chair at him “and he sent it back towards her, threw a drink at her, and then struck her. When Shawna Wojcinski came over, Steve admitted he hit her, too.”

The Wojcinskis in January were charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor. Phil, 44, pled guilty and fined $250, according to Perrysburg Municipal Court. He was also given a suspended sentence of 15 days in jail. The case against Shawna was dismissed, upon the recommendation of the prosecutor, according to the court.

In January, Northwood police investigated a complaint of underage drinking that led to the charges against the Wojcinskis.

The incident occurred on October 31 last year at their house, according to police reports.

The police told Phil, an assistant fire chief and EMS chief, about a complaint of underage drinking at his house. Police also stated there was a photo on Wojcinkski’s Facebook page that showed a 19-year-old male holding a beer sitting on his couch.

Wojcinski stated in a police report he knew the male, Jake Judy, but did not know he was only 19-years-old.

Romstadt and Wojcinski were suspended from the fire department following the charges against them.

Northwood Administrator Dennis Recker said Romstadt and Wojcinski were both given the chance to resign after Chief Tim Romstadt recommended that both be dismissed.

“We have a process that we follow, and the process began in the court system,” said Recker. “The court made its findings and assessed its penalties. Then we conducted an internal review. A chief’s hearing was held in both individuals’ cases that reviewed all the facts and investigations that had been done, and reviewed the penalties assessed by the court. The fire chief made a recommendation to me for dismissal in both of those cases. I took all of that into consideration. I offered both individuals the opportunity to submit resignations, and both individuals decided to do that.”

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