WKXA is asking area listeners to nominate a First Responder, or Front Line worker to give us the opportunity to shine a light on them and the good work they do. These First Responders are today’ heroes, stepping up to help their community.
WKXA and DNC Hydraulics will honor a First Responder every Friday at 7:10 during the morning show with Rex Howard. Each First Responder selected will receive a gift card for Dougie John’s pizza, courtesy of DNC Hydraulics.
Congratulations to our Spotlighted First Responders
Matt WaltersBlanchard Township Fire Department
Always helping others no matter what.
Beth DeckerMercy Health Tiffin
Beth is working full time as an EMT on the mobile life flight unit while her 15 year old son is in Nationwide Hospital after a heart transplant. She has an amazing heart to help people and comfort her patients when she is with them.
TJ BrooksHancock County Sheriff's Department/ Deputy
TJ always goes above and beyond at his job. He absolutely loves being a Deputy. His passion for his job just becomes stronger and stronger everyday. He enjoys helping the public in any way, shape, or form. Always willing to work over when asked and will even go into work on his days off if needed.
PJ RupprightMt. Cory Volunteer Fire Department
He owns his own business and also a captain on the fire department. He puts his life on the line every time there’s an accident, or fire.
Jason MattoxFindlay Fire Department
Jason's compassionate self really shines through in all aspects of work. Recently he was on a medical run for an elderly man. Due to COVID restrictions - this man’s wife could not go with him to the hospital. Jason got off shift about 2 hours after this, went back to this couples house, and drove this elderly woman to the ER to be with her husband.
Southwestern Hancock Joint Fire DistrictThese individuals are all very dedicated to their thankless job. If it weren't for all of them, we wouldn't have a joint fire district. We are forever grateful and appreciate their hard work and dedication every time they answer those calls. Thank you to everyone for all of their dedication and commitment to the district and the communities!!
Brent DermyerFindlay Whirlpool/ Volunteer Firefighter of Ada
He's very passionate about being on the front lines, always there when needed!! Whirlpool he's a first responder for people who have health issues and or hurt, very caring, always available, people person and for many a hero.
Dominic Francis Bluffton Police Department In Memory On behalf of all the Cory Rawson athletes whose lives he impacted.
Allison CareyJackson Forest Emergency Medical Service Allison Carey has been a dedicated first responder on the Jackson-Forest EMS for many years. As acting chief, she is well-respected by her peers and the community at large, constantly trying to strengthen and improve the department.
Clay RenzHancock County Sheriff's Department Deputy Clay takes extra shifts whenever they ask, which is almost all the time because they are short staffed. During a snowstorm, he was still out there on patrol helping stranded motorists, those who have been in accidents and he even when and got a dispatcher at their house and took them to work and back home again. Clay is also a volunteer for the Washington Township fire department. Clay works a lot of hours to keep our county safe and deserves to win the first responder of the week contest.
Curtis EckertBlanchard Valley Hospital Curtis is a Registered Nurse working in the Critical Care Unit at Blanchard Valley Hospital. Curtis is an open Heart step down nurse and his trained on life support equipment. During the pandemic, Curtis has helped take care of many Critical Covid Patients. The many hours and extra shifts that he and his co-workers went through during this pandemic shows the commitment to serve their community.
Bob CrawfordBlanchard Township Volunteer Fire Department My father joined Blanchard township volunteer fire department in 1981, as a firefighter and climbed his way up to chief for a few years and now that he’s close to retirement he has landed himself as assistant chief. He has always been my hero and I’ve been following in his foot steps for 5 years now
Hancock County Corrections OfficersHancock County Justice Center May 1 - May 7, 2022 is National Corrections Officer Week. In honor of all who are currently serve and all who have served as Corrections Officers at the Hancock County Justice Center we would like to honor all of our truly unseen heros. Although they may not be seen daily by the general public they are the responsible protectors of the community by maintaining the safety and security of the Hancock County Justice Center and those incarcerated by preventing escape and unrest while preserving the constitutional rights of those awaiting criminal prosecution and conviction.
James and Jamey MilesSouthwest Fire District James and Jamey Miles are father and son first responders. James has been a volunteer with the Jenera Fire Department (now the Southwest Fire District of Hancock County) for 25 years. He is a captain. James is a full time Paramedic with Hanco where he has been employeed for 20 years. Jamey has been a volunteer firefighter with the Southwest Fire District for two and a half years. He was honored to be the first firefighter pinned for the Southwest Fire District upon his completion of his voluteer firefighter course during his senior year in high school. (The picture is Jamey's badge pinning by his dad.)
Travis BohnFindlay Fire Department Travis is one of the most selfless people when it comes to helping others. Not only is he a Findlay firefighter, he is also very active on the Washington Twp. Volunteer Fire Department. He is always so willing to help someone out in need. He truly devotes his life to caring for and serving his community. He is a husband to his high school sweetheart, Jenna, and they have an amazing 1 year old son, Wyatt.
Doug MarshallFindlay Police Department The greatest guy I know. Was at Donnell MIddle school talking to students and greeting them over the years. Volunteered with the police dept at Christmas time for Shop with a cop. Kids loved it. Has received the Findlay Police Dept. Lifesaving Award.
Alexus NewmanJackson Forest EMS Alexus is 23 years old and works at the Wyandot County license bureau. She is a volunteer EMT. Loves helping people and animals. She is active in a dog rescue. She takes every WMS call she can go on to help anyway she can. She became an EMT at the age of 19 years old and has been working with animals since the age of 12.
Herb StumpLiberty Township Fire Department Herb has served on the Liberty Township Fire Department for 50 years. Herb started the dept in April 1972. Herb has also served the Township as a Trustee for many years. We would like to honor Herb for his years of service to the Township and community, as 50 years as a public servant is a rare accomplishment.
Susan EcholsPhysicians Plus Sue works 12 hr shifts and more if needed. She's a supervisor to her team and handles every situation with compassion, should be retired but loves her job that much.
Derrick WearsNorth Baltimore EMS and BKP Ambulance I am nominating my husband because he is an amazing and dedicated Paramedic Captain at NB EMS and then also works part time at BKP Ambulance in Kenton. He genuinely loves his job and serving our local communities. He has been in EMS since 2012 and just recently finished classes to become an EMS instructor. He’s also a wonderful father and husband! We appreciate him so much!