GREEN At the Aug. 22 Green City Council meeting, Green Fire Chief Jeff Funai called the process of being sworn in “one of the most important moment in a firefighter’s life.”
Following Funai’s remarks, he and Mayor Gerard Neugebauer presided over five such moments, as fire medics Cory Clark, Vincent DeLuca, Aaron Hoxworth, and Steve Penington were sworn in, and fire medic Michael Mohr was promoted to lieutenant.
“Each of these candidates has proven themselves to be selfless and motivated with a passion for EMS and fire service,” Funai said.
Mohr was hired as a full time fire medic by the City of Green in 2001. Prior to serving in Green, he worked for the Canton Township Fire Department for seven years.
Mohr is a member of the Green’s county water rescue team and technical rescue team, its fire investigation team and honor guard, and is one of the tactical paramedics assigned to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team.
In addition to this, Mohr has served this department for 10 years on the executive board of the firefighter’s union as the secretary and currently, vice-president.
Clark joins Green Fire with eight years’ experience with the Nimishillen Township and Canton Township fire departments. He also worked for the department of defense as a firefighter at a Naval support facility in Romania for a year.
Clark is certified in rope rescue, confined space rescue and trench rescue, as well as swift water rescue, surface ice rescue. He is also a CPR instructor.
DeLuca joins the department with four years of experience at Uniontown Fire Department and three years at Perry Township Fire Department. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is a long-time CPR instructor.
Hoxworth joins Green Fire after working for the New Franklin Fire Department for the past year. He also has previous experience as a wellness coach at the Green YMCA as well as a year working for a private ambulance service.
Pennington was a member Canton Fire Department for a year, and the Lawrence Township Fire Department for nine years. He also has five years of experience as a paramedic in the emergency room at Southwest General Hospital, and served in the US Air Force as an aircraft mechanic, working on the F15 Strike Eagle and was deployed in Southwest Asia as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.