1 It was a busy morning on Feb. 5 in the emergency department of the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Health & Wellness Center-West, according to Kathy Cern, Emergency Medical Services coordinator. That was when a crew from the Bath Fire Department arrived with a patient in cardiac arrest and when their ensuing actions made “an impact on our operations and that patient,” Cern said.

The actions of those five Bath firefighter-paramedics — Lt. John Rodriguez, Matt Null and Geoff Kuzas, and part-timers Steve Blasdel and Daniel Dopslaf — resulted in their being recognized by Cern at a recent Bath trustees meeting for going above and beyond the normal course of their responsibilities.

Calling them a “valuable resource to our emergency room and the community,” Cern presented the first responders not only with certificates of commendation but with Challenge Coins, a tradition in the fire and EMS communities dating back to ancient Roman times. In this case, the coins recognized outstanding individual achievement and a job well-done by each of the firefighter-paramedics.

2 Brandon Koller and Noah Spinner from Boy Scout Troop 179, chartered to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Cuyahoga Falls, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Noah’s Eagle project occurred in April 2017 at the University of Akron and involved a service project to encourage recycling and sustainability. More than 160 volunteers picked up about 2,100 pounds of trash, dug an irrigation ditch and planted a tree as a permanent reminder of the project. Brandon’s project occurred last May and involved building a cat tower and a photo booth for animal adoption for Paws and Prayers in Cuyahoga Falls.

3 State Rep. Marilyn Slaby, R-Copley, announced Preston Gardner as the 38th House District winner of the 2018 Ohio House of Representatives Student Art Exhibition. Preston is a 10th-grader at Norton High School, where he is taught art by J.J. Thornberry.

4 This month, the Ohio Western Reserve Chapter of Military Officers Association of America honored six high school JROTC and three university ROTC cadets at the annual ROTC-JROTC Recognition Banquet.

Honorees included: Linda Navarro, Ellet High School; Gregory Walter, Perry High School, Samya Jeter, McKinley High School; Brianna Tate, Kenmore-Garfield High School; Zethran Jackson, Buchtel Community Learning Center; Mackenzie Miller, University of Akron; Eric Bolon, Kent State University; Jacob Fillinger, Kent State University; and Garret Swain, East High School.

5 Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack recently announced that Ashland Damron and Hannah Wasylko are the winners of the annual Auditor Kovack Citizenship Scholarship. Both are graduating seniors at Brunswick High School and each received a $500 award.

Damron plans to attend Loyola University, where she will major in visual communication and Spanish. Wasylko plans to attend the University of Mount Union, where she will major in marketing.

6 Ohio Northern University junior Benjamin Fink of Akron has been selected as a Newman Civic Fellow. Fink is among 268 students nationwide to earn the one-year fellowship, which is sponsored by Campus Compact, a group working to advance the public purposes of higher education.

Fink, a graduate of Revere High School, is majoring in political science.

7 Akron attorney Jim Slater provides his Dog Bite Prevention Program curriculum to Akron elementary schools for free to help prevent youngsters from being attacked. He spoke on the topic this month to students at King Elementary School.

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