Blue Ash Safety Award winners recognized at City Council
(October 11, 2019 - Blue Ash)
The Annual Blue Ash Safety award winners received recognition for their dedication and service at last night’s City Council meeting. The Safety Awards are sponsored by American Legion, NE Post 630 in Blue Ash. Commander Jim Meyers gave introductory remarks at the award ceremony, and Mayor Marc Sirkin presented the winners with their awards.
The Top Firefighter for 2019 is Rob Suder. Rob began his fire service career working part-time at Colerain Township Fire Department. During his time there, he enrolled in the Bethesda North Hospital’s paramedic program and received his State of Ohio paramedic card. In June of 2004, Rob began his tenure at the Blue Ash Fire Department working as a part-time firefighter/paramedic. In December of 2008, Rob was promoted to a full-time firefighter/paramedic. Over the years, Rob has continued his education by becoming a Fire Inspector, SCBA technician, CPR instructor, and has completed the Fire Officer 1 & 2 courses. Recently, Rob has played an integral role in researching new self-contained breathing apparatus’ for the department. Rob passes on his knowledge and career experience to our new firefighters by engaging with them through training. Rob has taken a proactive approach towards bringing mental health awareness to the department and the community by developing a mental health resource brochure to distribute to the public.
The Top Police Officer for 2019 is Michael Jackson. He is a 2003 graduate of Turpin High School. Shortly after graduating, Michael began his career of service to others. Michael joined the United States Marine Corps in 2003. He was deployed to Iraq in 2005. Upon his discharge from the Armed Forces, Michael began his career in law enforcement. He began his career with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office 2006-2009. He was hired by the Norwood Police Department in 2006 and remained there until 2017. Michael was hired by the Blue Ash Police Department in 2017- present. In addition to his years of dedicated service to the communities listed, Michael is also a member of the Hamilton County Police Association’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team. Michael is very respected by his teammates with the Blue Ash Police Department. His work ethic is unparalleled. Michael leads the Blue Ash Police Department in nearly every proactive enforcement category and he was a 2018 recipient of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Top Cop Award. Michael also volunteers countless hours at community events that educate the community of the various roles of police officers and SWAT officers. Michael’s leadership, work ethic, and dedication to his community make him an excellent choice to receive this prestigious award.
The Blue Ash Safety Award winners’ names are added to a Perpetuity Award plaque each year.