Jackson Township Division of Fire personnel had a busy day last week but not because of an emergency.
As part of the May 20 Jackson Township Board of Trustees meeting, the board hired and swore in four new part-time fire techs, swore in three full-time firefighters, officially appointed the new fire chief and recognized the Firefighter of the Year.
Greg Rudduck, a five-year, full-time veteran with the department who serves on the Three Unit, was named Firefighter of the Year, based on nominations from his peers.
The Kiwanis Club of Grove City sponsors the award.
"I really want to thank the guys I work with," Rudduck said. "The nomination means as much as the award."
In a nomination letter from Capt. Randy Little, Lt. Jason Burley and Lt. Jim Parmenter, Rudduck is described as "one of the hardest workers that we have ever supervised ... His work ethic in the station and on scenes reflects Greg's motivation, maturity and positive attitude. He is someone who can be counted on."
The nomination letter also praises Rudduck for his willingness to increase his knowledge and training and his willingness to volunteer for community service and other assignments. Along with his other duties, Rudduck coordinates the Firefighters for Kids program.
"He takes a great deal of time out of his busy schedule to volunteer for the Firefighters for Kids program," Chief Rick Dawson said. "That tells you what kind of guy he is ... He's a good family man. He works very hard."
Rudduck lives in Reynoldsburg. He and his wife have five children.
Bill Cady of the Kiwanis Club of Grove City presented the award. In addition to a plaque, Cady presented Rudduck with a check for $250 from the Kiwanis Club for donation to the Jackson Township Division of Fire Trauma Fund, which is used for tools, equipment and training the department would otherwise not have the money to purchase.
In other business, Dawson was officially appointed fire chief. He previously served as deputy chief for eight years. Dawson had been acting chief since April 23, after former Fire Chief Lloyd Sheets requested a voluntary demotion to battalion chief.
Dawson will be sworn in at the next trustees' meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, June 3. His swearing-in ceremony was pushed back because his wife could not be present at last week's meeting.
The trustees were able to swear in full-time firefighters Timothy Damopoulos, Dustin McCoy and Chris Fraley, all Grove City residents. The three had previously been fire techs.
The four fire techs hired were Joseph Grace of Plain City, Matthew Kimbleton of Blacklick, Michael Miller of Canal Winchester and Robert Slatzer of Columbus.