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A former Modine manufacturing plant employees says one of his own may have saved a life during a fire that engulfed the shut down factory with smoke on Jan. 29.

Former Modine worker Tom Liskai says Jamie Haas, also a former employee and Pemberville-Freedom Fire Department volunteer firefighter, responded just in time to save a contractor’s life.

Haas says he was just doing his job, and doesn’t want to take all the credit for it. He believes because he once worked at Modine, his fellow employees are making a bigger deal of it than it really deserves.

“We don't like talking about things like that. I don't want to be known as a hero, I just did what we were told to do and that's it,” Haas said.

“That's just one of those situations, and like I said, it was something where I did nothing out of the ordinary that nobody else wouldn't have done,” Haas continued.

Nonetheless, Liskai, a Sandusky County resident, says Haas deserves most of the credit and the public should know about his action.

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Oregon Police Officer Jeff Brown, who was suspended last year following an internal affairs investigation involving several women, was put on paid administrative leave late last month.

Mayor Mike Seferian said police are looking at whether Brown, the son of former Mayor Marge Brown, violated department rules, but would not disclose details because the matter is under investigation.

“Pending the outcome of the investigation, we just put him on administrative leave,” said Seferian.

Brown could not be reached for comment.

Police Chief Rick Stager would not comment for The Press.

It is the latest police department investigation of Brown.

He received disciplinary action last year as the result of an investigation that stretched back seven years. He was suspended for 20 days for his repeated and illegal use of the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) to gain information about an ex-girlfriend over a two year period.

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Owens Community College has named Diana H. Talmage and H. Richard Rowe to

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serve as the chair and vice chair for the college’s board of trustees.

Talmage and Rowe were elected to their positions by their fellow colleagues during the recent Owens Board of Trustees meeting and will serve one-year terms.

Rowe, an Eastwood High School graduate, serves as a financial advisor and a general partner with Edward Jones Investments in Findlay. He attended Bowling Green State University and holds a Series 7 securities license as well as a life and health insurance license.

The Findlay resident was initially appointed to the college’s board in March 2004. Rowe’s professional and community involvement includes the Kiwanis Club of Findlay and the United Way of Hancock County and he once served as a city councilman for 10 years in Findlay. In addition, Rowe serves as chair of the board’s finance committee.

Rowe says he first got involved with Owens through community involvement with the Findlay campus, including his service with civic organizations. When he came onto the Owens board, he had been on city council for six years, and says he takes his service to the college seriously.

“Well, I think it’s important for people to go on to further their education to get a decent job. It’s not new. It’s been going on for several years,” Rowe said.

“A lot of my involvement, especially with a lot of the businesses in the Findlay and Hancock County area, is I’m kind of in tune as to what skill sets businesses are looking for in people and I’m more of a liaison. I have to balance the interest of the taxpayers, the community, the employees of the school, and the businesses as to what they are looking for to help them grow their businesses and develop jobs.

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Oregon Fire Chief Bill Wilkins, who announced last November that he would retire this June, left his post last Friday.

Mayor Mike Seferian said at a council meeting last week that Wilkins submitted a memo that read: “I submit a memo dated Nov. 1, 2009, of my intent to retire on June 25, 2010. This letter serves as my notice that I will be retiring under the police and fire pension system as fire chief for the City of Oregon effective Feb. 12…”

Wilkins left early to take a job with the state fire marshal’s office, Seferian said after the meeting.

City council unanimously concurred with the mayor’s acceptance of Wilkins’ retirement.

“I think Wilkins has served the city in a very distinguished manner, with a high degree of professionalism and integrity,” said Councilman Mike Sheehy. “Whatever he does, in his future career as a firefighter, I wish him the very best.”

Council President Clint Wasserman agreed.

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Following a security breach in the Oregon Municipal Complex last Friday, the public can only gain access to the building through the main front entrance, which is installed with scanners.

The public will not be able to use doors to the east of the building that are commonly used to pay utility bills, pull building permits, or enter the tax department.

Public Service Director Paul Roman, who is also acting city administrator, said an individual had violated a court order not to contact the tax department, which raised security concerns among employees.

Roman said he met with Oregon Municipal Judge Jeffery Keller, Police Chief Richard Stager, and Mayor Mike Seferian on the matter.

“People in the tax department felt threatened,” Roman said at a committee of the whole meeting last Monday.

Restricting the public’s access through the main doors, Roman added, has been difficult.

“Some people will be upset by it at first,” he said. I would hope that most residents would understand it.”

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