|Optimists hold 25th anniversary celebration|
|Monday, September 30, 2013 12:00 AM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
“Firefighter of the Year” was given to Lee Ulm, captain of the C squad of Delphos Fire and Rescue. Ulm has served as a firefighter for 38 years.
“EMT of the Year” was awarded to John Wade, who has marked 26 years of service, 20 as a paramedic. Honorable Mention was given to Paramedic Cory Meyer.
“Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” was presented to Ben Becker. Becker was recently promoted to sergeant after serving four years on the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force as a narcotics investigator. He is responsible for the arrests of 57 people on more than 160 felony drug-related charges from 2010-13.
Read more about these award recipients in Wednesday’s Herald.
Optimist award winners included “Optimist of the Year” Jay Metzner, “President’s Citation” winner Kevin Wieging and “Life Member Award” recipient Doris Dickman.
The first 2013-14 “Student of the Month” was Jefferson senior Kenidi Ulm. Principal John Edinger praised Ulm as one of the best students Jefferson has to offer and thanked the Optimist Club for its recognition of outstanding students.
The club’s new crop of officers were sworn in, including President Metzner, Vice President Wieging, Secretary/Treasurer Keith Kramer, Sergeant of Arms Bob Beat and Lt. Governor Zone 9 Harry Flanagan. The board of directors includes Dickman, Flanagan, Maggie Wannemacher and Marilyn Hoffman.
The club currently boasts 52 members and meets at 7:30 a.m. Fridays at Mary’s A&W in Delphos.