Ottawa County deputies honored
Two deputies from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office have received awards for their actions in two separate incidents.
On April 11, Deputy Craig Jackson received recognition from Ohio Gold Star Award Program, which is an award recognizing communications officers for their outstanding service.
Deputy Jackson’s award was presented for his actions on Feb. 21 when he received a 911 call from a subject who had fallen through the ice while fishing. The deputy used the cell phone’s GPS coordinates to assist the U.S. Coast Guard in locating the caller in the heavy snow and wind. During that time, Deputy Jackson kept the caller calm and on the phone, knowing that hyperthermia was setting in. The caller was rescued and survived the incident.
The deputy is also a licensed paramedic who works for the Allen/Clay Joint Fire District during his off-duty hours.
On April 12, Deputy James Hanney, along with Chief Jody Hatfield of the Carroll Township Police Department, were recognized by the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio for their lifesaving efforts in an incident July 21, 2011 at Fenwick Marina.
On that date, a 911 call was received from the occupants of a vehicle that had inadvertently driven into the water. The occupants were unable to escape as the vehicle was filling with water.
Communications Deputy Heather Dornbush kept the caller on the phone while dispatching responders to their location. Chief Hatfield was the first to arrive and was unable to locate the vehicle. He radioed the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office for further information regarding the location of the vehicle.
Deputy Dornbush gave him updated information as long as she could keep the caller on the phone, until the vehicle went under water.
Chief Hatfield was able to locate the vehicle, which had only one corner visible above the water. He entered the water and tried to rescue the occupants. As he got to the passenger window, he felt the hand of someone attempting to exit. He then helped the female passenger to the surface of the water, where they were met by Deputy Hanney, who had entered the water. Deputy Hanney helped the female to shore as Chief Hatfield returned to the vehicle to help the female passenger’s husband, who was trying to exit the vehicle. The pair made it to the surface, where they stood on the vehicle to allow the male occupant to catch his breath.
Feeding “the lambs”
Bethlehem Lutheran Church in East Toledo recently completed it successful Lenten and Easter “Feed My Lambs” food drive.
Throughout the Lenten season, the church collected over 300 pounds of food that was donated to the Metropolitan Toledo Food Bank on Woodruff Avenue. This facility provides food to a wide variety of community support facilities throughout Northwest Ohio.
Bethlehem delivered over 300 pounds of food and the funds needed to provide over 1,500 meals for hungry local families. “At a time when food is greatly needed, the generosity of Bethlehem's many friends in their extended parish made this collection a success,” said Wendy McGee, who headed the Bethlehem team.
Food collection will continue on a weekly basis as an element of Bethlehem's outreach to the community.
Miracle League seeks volunteers
Volunteers are needed to staff a Wood Lane information table at Miracle League baseball games May 6 and 20 and June 3 and 10.
Games are played at the Miracle League Field – a barrier-free field the Miracle League designed for kids with disabilities – located at 2100 Tracy Rd., Northwood.
Volunteers are needed from 1:45 to 3:30 pm and 3:30 to 5:15 pm.
To volunteer or for more information, call Liz Sheets at 419-352-5115 or visit www.mlnwo.org.