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The Suburbanite
  • Springfield firefighter honored

  • Bob Dudley has retired after 16 years as a full-time firefighter-paramedic for the  Springfield Township Fire Department. He was honored for his years of service by township trustees at the Oct. 27 meeting. 

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  • SPRINGFIELD Bob Dudley has retired after 16 years as a full-time firefighter-paramedic for the  Springfield Township Fire Department. He was honored for his years of service by township trustees at the Oct. 27 meeting. 
    Shawn DeWolf, president of the Springfield Township Local Firefighters Union and Lt. Brian White, presented Dudley with a commemorative plaque.
    Dudley has been a firefighter since 1968. He has worked with departments in Suffield, Goodyear, Springfield and also Jackson Township. 
    “He is the only member to retire without a disability or any kind of medical issues,” said DeWolf. “That is 43 years that he has been serving local communities.”
    Dudley has agreed to work part-time for the department.  “We wish you the best and are glad you decided to stick around part time,” DeWolf said.
    Dudley told the audience he enjoyed serving the township.
    “One thing I would like to say, is that I really enjoyed being in Springfield all these years. It has been the highlight of my career,” Dudley said.
    Trustee Bruce Killian thanked Dudley, on behalf of trustees and township citizens.
    “It is amazing that you still get out there and do it. You're my hero, buddy,” Killian said.
    Fire Chief Vic Wincik swore in Dudley's replacement, Steve Schultz, who took the oath of office as full-time paramedic- firefighter. Schultz was appointed part time in 2003. He completed his paramedic training through Akron General Medical Center and obtained his professional firefighter training at Stark State College. The oath of office was given by Fiscal Officer, Joy Dies.  Schultz's wife, Charlene pinned his badge on his uniform.
    The Trustees tabled a motion to enter into a non-annexation agreement with the village of Lakemore as a condition of all future collaborations or contracts.
    “We are working more and more together and I think it is fair that we do this,” said Killian. Trustee, Dean Young said he wanted to make sure that the trustees reopened the topic with the village before it was passed.
    “Given the circumstances of being in the process of renewing the police contract, officials should be told what we are doing before approval.”
    Both Davis and Killian agreed to table the matter only until the next meeting.
    The township was awarded a Community Recycling Access Grant in the amount of $8,003.82 by the Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority. Trustee Deborah Davis applied for the grant in February to help offset the cost of recycling.
    The proposed Lakemore/ Springfield police contract was accepted by trustees through the end of the year.
    Other business included:
    Accept the title transfer of a 2006 Crown Victoria from the village of Lakemore to Springfield Township for use by the VASP Unit.
    Page 2 of 2 - Approved purchase of a digital modem system for the Fire Department Life Pak 12 heart monitors enabling the paramedics to more efficiently send patient information to the hospitals.  Not to exceed $3,000.
    Approved the purchase of Action Training computerized training programs for the Fire Department not to exceed $3,276 paid for through grant funds.
    Approved the final payment to Lytle Construction for the Township's share of the Summit County Engineer's Pavement Maintenance Program for 2011.  This was a cooperative agreement that cut the cost of paving.
    Approved an agreement with Springfield Local Schools to reimburse the township for one third of the total costs of placing a police officer at the high school, calculated at $7,160 over the next two years.
    Fill-a-Cruiser: Springfield Township Police will accept donations of nonperishable foods, new toys, and cash  on Nov. 19 at the Speedway gas station on Route 224 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Walmart on Arlington Road.