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Lieutenant Jeff Joseph is Recognized as Firefighter of the Year

Posted on Oct 19, 2016

Lieutenant Jeff Joseph has been honored with the Robert O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award from the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. The annual award, presented at an October 18 lunch meeting, honors a member of the Washington Township Fire Department for contributions to the community.

“In the firehouse, Jeff approaches each shift with enthusiasm, leading by example, and his participation in various program areas has led to numerous improvements in procedures,” said Fire Chief Bill Gaul. “He consistently looks for ways to advance his knowledge and to provide timely and relevant training opportunities for those around him.”

As an instructor, Joseph has been an active participant in the training division, recently coordinating cancer prevention training and playing an integral role in developing and promoting a plan for cancer prevention within the department. He also has served as a member of the purchasing committees for equipment and apparatus and serves as vice president of the Washington Township Firefighters Association. Over many years, Joseph has filled numerous leadership roles for the annual Ice Cream Social, helping to ensure its continued success as a fundraiser for the association and fire department.

Joseph has been a member of the Washington Township Fire Department since 1989, serving in a part-paid volunteer capacity. In his full-time job, he works at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He is a graduate of Wright State University and has served as a police officer for both the City of Beavercreek and Sugarcreek Township.

In recommending Jeff for this award, a fellow fire officer wrote: “Lt. Jeff Joseph is a shining example of what a fire officer should be.” The award he received is named in honor of Robert O’Toole, a Washington Township firefighter who died in the line of duty on January 12, 1998 while assisting an accident victim on I-675. Centerville Police Officer John Kalaman also was killed in the incident.


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