Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Receives the 2020 Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association Presidential Award
The Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association is pleased to announce that Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath is the recipient of this year’s Presidential Award.
OFCA President, Chief Jonathan Westendorf, presented the 2020 Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association Presidential Award to Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the OFCA Board of Directors meeting in Worthington, Ohio.
Director Tom Stickrath was appointed Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety by Governor Mike DeWine in January of 2019. As Director of the Department of Public Safety, he has been a strong advocate of the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, specifically working with the over 1,700 members of the Association during COVID-19.
“We are grateful for Director Stickrath’s dedication to ensuring that Ohio’s fire and EMS has the needed resources in place during the pandemic to guarantee that they can address the needs of their communities safely and efficiently,” said OFCA President, Chief Jonathan Westendorf. “Over the past several months, Director Stickrath has remained in constant communication with the leadership of OFCA, and has reacted quickly to address any barriers or needs of our members. We cannot thank him enough for his partnership.”
The OFCA Presidential Award is an appreciation award that is given to an association, business, or person who has helped promote the good will of the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, or has performed in a manner in which the President of the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association deems to be beyond that which is normally expected of them.
Director Stickrath has proven his worthiness for this distinct honor by being there when Ohio’s fire service needed him most, and he answered that call flawlessly – and repeatedly. As a result, the Director’s efforts have benefitted virtually every first responder across the state of Ohio.
Congratulations to the 2020 Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association Presidential Award recipient, Director Tom Stickrath, Ohio Department of Public Safety.