Conover is Firefighter of the Year

Paul Conover is Recognized as Firefighter of the Year
Posted on 10/29/2018

Photo of Ruth O'Toole, Chief Bill Gaul, Paul Conover and Jesse Lightle

Firefighter Paul Conover has been honored with the Robert O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award from the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. The annual award honors a member of the Washington Township Fire Department for contributions to the community.

“Paul comes to work with the drive and desire to learn and train to be the best firefighter he can be,” said Fire Chief Bill Gaul. “He demonstrates a true passion for the job and displays leadership qualities.”

 Conover frequently seeks additional projects and assignments and, as a direct result, has taken on responsibility for creating a fire equipment stockroom, a project that has included organizing, cleaning, and maintaining equipment. Other examples include assisting with training and hose records.

Conover, 25, joined the fire department in 2016 and since then has taken a proactive approach to both formal and on-the-job training. He has completed his Firefighter I, Firefighter II and EMT Basic certification and currently is enrolled in Paramedic class. The award he received is named in honor of Robert O’Toole, a Washington Township firefighter who died in the line of duty on January 12, 1998 while assisting an accident victim on I-675. O’Toole’s mother, Ruth, attended the presentation. Centerville Police Officer John Kalaman also was killed in the incident.