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PD Officers, Residents to be Recognized with Awards PDF E-mail

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, the West Carrollton Police Department will recognize two citizens and four police officers for their exceptional service to the community during the city council meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Center, 300 E. Central Ave.

The 2014 Police Department Employee of the Year Award will go to first-year Detective Alex Flynn. Since starting as a detective in February 2014, Flynn has served as the lead investigator in approximately 34 cases. He was also instrumental in the apprehension and confession of the Chase Bank robbery suspect. He has worked on several cases involving drug trafficking, burglary, auto theft, and breaking and entering. “Detective Flynn has become a very-talented interviewer in such a short time and has prompted calls from other jurisdictions about his competence and professionalism,” Police Chief Doug Woodard said.

Police officers John Garwood and Chris Fairchild will receive Exemplary Service Awards, which are given to an employee who “displays highly professional conduct under arduous conditions.”

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Council Member Receives County Award PDF E-mail

bowersOn Friday, March 6, 2015, the Montgomery County Family and Children First Council will recognize James Bowers at the 15th Annual Brother Raymond L. Fitz Award Luncheon. This event will be held from 11:30 a.m.to 1 p.m. at Top of the Market in downtown Dayton.

James (Jim) Bowers is being recognized for his dedication, integrity, and passion as a volunteer for Juvenile Courts’ CASA Program. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is appointed by a judge to be a voice for children in court. Bowers began training in 2005 to become a CASA volunteer, while running for the West Carrollton City Council. Prior to his service with the City, Bowers was a business owner until retirement.

Jim Bowers has demonstrated a great passion for the welfare of children. Ann Gramza, Program Manager of the CASA program, stated that Bowers is “never wavering in his commitment to do what is best for the children.” He is an integral part of trainings for new volunteers.

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New Fire Captain Takes Oath of Office PDF E-mail

During the city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 10, Nick Sanders took the oath of office for his new role as captain in the West Carrollton Fire Department.

Sanders will fill the position created with the retirement of Captain Ed Huffman. He previously worked as a firefighter-paramedic with the Miami Valley Fire District.

However, Sanders is not new to West Carrollton. He served as a part-time paramedic-firefighter from 2002 to 2010. He also graduated from West Carrollton High School in 2000.

“When I was 16 years old, I became an explorer for the fire department in West Carrollton and knew then it was my goal to be a fire captain,” Sanders said. “Growing up in West Carrollton and graduating from West Carrollton High School has always made me feel like the fire department was home.”

Sanders earned an associate’s degree with a major in fire science from Penn Foster College in March 2014. In addition to his firefighter level 2 and paramedic certifications, he is also certified fire service instructor and fire inspector. He is also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business from Penn Foster College.

Sanders said that his new position is his opportunity to give back to the community where he grew up. “The fire department has helped me in so many ways … I want to help the younger firefighters just as Chief Barnett, and Captains Dave Kunke, Ed Huffman, and Andy Shepherd did for me.”

Sanders will be one of three captains in the department including Andy Shepherd and Adam Blake. “Nick is well respected in the fire service community and I am confident he will continue the tradition of providing excellent service to the citizens of West Carrollton,” said Fire Chief Chris Barnett.

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