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Julie Sheets Named 2013

Fire Fighter of the Year

Chief Tony Spaeth named firefighter/EMT Julie Sheets the 2013 GFD Firefighter of the Year at the recent “Annual Meeting” (the department’s annual Christmas dinner & celebration). A resident of the village, Julie has been serving the Greenhills Fire Department for the last 10 years and exemplifies what a dedicated volunteer firefighter should be, both within the department and in the community. When she’s not volunteering at the GFD, Julie is a clerk/dispatcher for the City of Forest Park Police Department, and a certified CPR instructor who teaches CPR to the community on her own time for no pay. She often schedules CPR classes in order to accommodate the requests of people in the community, the local dentist office and school district. This year, Julie became an infant and child car seat installation technician, yet another service we can provide to the community as a result of her efforts to serve her community. Julie is also an active advocate for people with Muscular Dystrophy and spends a week each year at Summer Camp as a camp counselor for kids who have MD, and she also participates in the yearly jailbird lock up to raise funds for MDA. Her talent for fundraising isn’t ignored at the fire department. Among her fundraising efforts are selling greeting cards, Tupperware parties, Pampered Chef, Family Fun Game Night, craft and vendor shows, including her Usborne Book business, and City Barbeque just to name a few. It is estimated that Julie has raised over $10,000 in donations in her decade on the GFD. Julie is also an outstanding EMT, and firefighter. She approaches her duties with the utmost respect and responsibility. Just when it appeared that she couldn’t give any more than she already was, Julie stepped up and donated one of her kidneys to her mother, the ultimate example of what it means to save a life. Chief Spaeth commented, “We are lucky to have Julie amongst our ranks. She has the highest character and personal qualities that make me proud to know her. It is my pleasure and distinct honor to present Julie with this award”. Please join all of our members in congratulating Julie Sheets as this year’s GFD Firefighter of the Year!

 

a word from the chief

chief-spaethWelcome to the official website of the Greenhills Fire Department. Our department is rich in pride, professionalism and tradition. One of only a handful of volunteer fire departments in Hamilton County, Ohio, we pride ourselves in the fact that we are the only volunteer company in the county that is truly 100% volunteer. Not one member, including the chief, receives any compensation of any kind for our service to the community, hence our slogan of “100% Volunteer 100% of the time”.

Our members serve with dedication and the desire to provide the best in basic medical emergency care and fire suppression services. We habitually work alongside our neighboring fire departments that have full-time paid fire departments and we have established a great reputation with them as well-trained and competent firefighters and EMT’s.

As a twenty-seven year veteran of the fire department, it has been my honor and privilege to be the chief since 1997 and to lead such a great group of dedicated men and women who are your neighbors, people you can count on in your time of need.

In the times we currently live in, hopefully our citizens will find it refreshing to have such a great group of people who have kept a positive influence on the great Village of Greenhills and the people we serve. When people are having a bad day and call 911, it is our job to respond and use our training and experience to mitigate your problem in the safest way possible for our responders and for the public we serve.

We are always looking for new members. We recruit self-motivated men and women with a drive to serve their community and who are willing to dedicate themselves to the fire and EMS service. While there is no pay, the rewards are often priceless. There are links on this website that put you in contact with us to learn more.

We hope you enjoy our website and get an idea of what we are about. The great citizens of Greenhills have provided us with the overwhelming support that is necessary for our continued existence. This is not something we take lightly and work hard to maintain a high standard of service which will hopefully exceed your expectations should you have the misfortune to require our services.

Yours in Fire and Life Safety,
Tony Spaeth
Fire Chief

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