2017 Ohio Fire Service Hall of Fame Award Recipients

First Responder Award

Rufus Goodwin

On December 22, 2016, Columbus Division of Fire companies were dispatched to a fire at a two-family home on Wilson Avenue. Two Columbus Police officers, Officer Rufus Goodwin and Officer Jesse Perkins, were in the area, heard the dispatch and responded.

Valor Award

Nate Hofmann

On May 22, 2016, Firefighter/Paramedic Nate Hofmann and Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Krupp responded to a personal injury call. Upon arrival, they found a patient who appeared to be in a manic episode from mental illness, and had fallen.

Distinguished Service Award

John Centers

Chief John Centers has focused his career on advancing the fire service and helping the communities they serve. He has spearheaded numerous projects and programs aimed at making his community a better place to live and work.

Distinguished Service Award

Jeff Leaming

For Jeff Leaming, following in the footsteps of his father, a 45-year fire service veteran and chief, was a no-brainer. Leaming kicked off his career right out of high school in 1980 as a volunteer firefighter with the Spring Valley Township Fire Department.

Distinguished Service Award

James “Jim” McCloud

Many people discover their passions early in life. For Jim McCloud, he discovered his passion for the fire service well into adulthood – but once he did, he spent 55 years of his life dedicated to it. Even at age 93, he could be caught around the firehouse fixing one of the engines or just balancing a checkbook.

Distinguished Service Award

Michael L. Palumbo, Jr.

Firefighter Michael L. Palumbo, Jr. may have passed from this earth too soon, but his name and legacy lives on forever in Ohio history.

William L. Howard Public Service Award

John Crnkovich

John J. Crnkovich may have received a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, a Master’s in History and a PhD in Education, but what he’s known for in the city of Stow is his contribution to the fire department.

Fire Officer of the Year Award

Chief Scott Gilman -- Lakewood Fire Department

Chief Scott Gilman has been a member of the fire service for more than 35 years. He is regarded as one of the most professional and proactive fire chiefs in Cuyahoga County.

Fire Service Instructor of the Year Award

Chief Mark Martin -- Perry Township Fire Department

Chief Martin has served in the public safety sector for more than 40 years as a law enforcement officer and a firefighter. He has served as a fire service instructor since 1988 and has lectured to over 15,000 individuals, and given thousands of presentations to public and private sector organizations

Fire Prevention Educator of the Year Award

Cody Martin -- Goshen Fire & EMS

Firefighter Cody Martin has served the community of GOSHEN for five years. He has proven his dedication and passion for educating the community on how to keep individuals and families safe.

Fire Educator Lifetime Achievement of the Year Award

Gary Fellows -- Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department

For almost 50 years, Gary Fellows has served in the Ohio Fire Service and his dedication to the betterment of the fire service is apparent throughout his career having served at New Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department from 1970-1976 and moving on to Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department where he moved through the ranks of lieutenant to president of the agency where he currently serves.

Fire Department of the Year Award

Monroe Fire Department, City of Monroe

Monroe Fire Department prides itself on providing protection and service to the City of Monroe since 1947. The department responds to over 3000 emergency calls annually. The department maintains a full-time staff of 33 firefighter / paramedics, six shift lieutenants, one community paramedic, one administrative captain, one assistant fire chief, and one fire chief.

Merit Awards

Firefighter Adam Long – Defense Supply Center Columbus Fire & Emergency Services

Firefighter Adam Long passed away October 31, 2016 from a heart attack while on duty at the Defense Supply Center Columbus Fire & Emergency Services. He was 43 years old.

Merit Awards

Firefighter Reuben E. Mast – Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department

Firefighter Reuben Mast passed away December 19, 2016 from injuries sustained while driving to an emergency call. He was 43 years old.

Merit Awards

James “Jim” Joseph Benken – City of Wyoming Fire & EMS

Deputy Chief Jim Benken passed away on April 14, 2017 from a heart attack after returning home from a shift where he responded to an emergency call. He was 65 years old.

Merit Awards

Firefighter David Lemponen – Austinburg Volunteer Fire Department

Firefighter David Lemponen passed away on April 28, 2017 from injuries sustained when he was struck by a vehicle while on-duty, directing traffic at the scene of an accident. He was 83 years old.