Police & Fire Honored

Centerville Noon Optimist Honors Police & Fire
Posted on 09/18/2020

Deputy Carter stands outside during awards ceremony holding a plaque

This week, the Centerville Noon Optimist Club awarded Deputy Travis Carter the 2020 John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Award. Deputy Carter has been assigned to the Washington Township sub-station as the Community Engagement Officer since 2019. Wasting no time, Deputy Carter turned an old, unused trailer in the parking lot into a community resource trailer with plans to provide food & drinks at neighborhood events. Within months, the trailer served a much greater purpose after tornadoes devastated the Miami Valley Region. Deputy Carter mobilized the trailer as a resource to serve hot food and cold drinks to the areas most affected. He was later awarded a $10,000 grant to purchase and outfit a new trailer.  Deputy Carter has worked tirelessly to strengthen the relationship between the township and police as he took it upon himself to develop a Facebook page for residents to assist in setting up  neighborhood watch groups; participates in Super Saturday events; and conducts security surveys for businesses and residents. 

Jeff Joseph receives award and standing outside at ceremony, holding plaque

The 2020 Robert O'Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award has been given to Fire Lieutenant Jeff Joseph. An active member of the Washington Township Fire Department for 31 years, Jeff now works part time for the department and is also a full time employee at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. His positive attitude, energy, and passion make an enormous impact on the department, along with his broad range of skills accumulated over decades of experience. Jeff is constantly looking for ways to lighten the load of others, working a variety of assignments as needed, and even bringing dinner for crews that he has cooked himself. According to Fire Chief Scott Kujawa, "Lt. Jeff Joseph exemplifies what it means to be a Washington Township firefighter."