By Linda Collins
Fairborn Daily Herald
MAD RIVER TOWNSHIP — Seven members of the Enon/Mad River Township Fire and EMS Department softball team sported bright red T-shirts as they packed into the township room during Monday, Oct. 17 Mad River Township meeting.
The local first responders were on hand to receive the 2nd Annual “Heroes vs. Breast Cancer” Softball Championship trophy from Mad River Township Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Wise. In September, softball teams from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Enon Police Department, Hustead Fire and EMS, Community Mercy Hospice, the Dayton Nurses Network and Enon/Mad River Township Fire and EMS, joined forces in the fight against breast cancer and competed in the single-elimination softball tournament. The annual fundraiser raised $1,400 this year to benefit Pink Ribbon Girls.
The Tipp City-based, non-profit organization provides free services and support to area women who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer, including fresh, nutritious meals shipped directly to the women and their families, housekeeping assistance, transportation to treatment and ongoing peer support.
“Tournament day was great until we got drenched with rain. Unfortunately, Community Mercy Hospice had to forfeit their second-round game because we had to finish playing the tournament the next day,” Wise said. “That left the Enon/ Mad River Township Fire and EMS team competing against the Ohio State Highway Patrol team in the final round of the tournament.”
Wise also expressed his gratitude to the seven teams who answered his plead to participate in the breast cancer awareness fundraiser this year and noted that plans are already underway for a two-day softball tournament in 2017. The single-column traveling trophy, topped with a pink breast cancer awareness softball, will remain on display at the fire and EMS station until the fundraising tournament is played again next year.
In other business, Enon/Mad River Township Fire and EMS Chief Tracy Young reported to township trustees that several members of the fire and EMS department had visited a number of schools and day cares throughout the village and township during October in honor of National Fire Prevention Month. He also noted that several day cares and primary school classes paid a visit to the fire and EMS station during National Fire Prevention Week. For the third year in a row, the theme of the national campaign is smoke detector awareness.
“We cannot stress enough the importance of residents owning functional smoke detectors. They save lives every year. Having a non-functioning smoke alarm is just as dangerous as not having a smoke alarm at all,” Young said.
The chief also told township residents that the Enon/Mad River Township Fire Association is launching a campaign that will provide a smoke detector, free of charge, to those residents that need one. Residents are encouraged to stop by the firehouse 6-8 p.m. any Thursday evening to claim one smoke detector per household. This offer is limited to Enon and Mad River Township residents only.
In a 3-0 vote, township trustees approved the hiring of two firefighters who will start straightaway as part-time paid employees.
Tori McCoy is a member of the Air Force National Guard and is employed as a firefighter at the Springfield Air National Guard Base.
“Tori is very motivated, and she lives locally. She is highly trained as a graduate of the Department of Defense Fire Academy and also graduated EMT class in December,” said Young.
Scott Sells, an Army veteran, is a certified firefighter and EMT. The longtime village resident is very engaged in youth activities in the Enon area and currently serves as the president of the Enon Little League.
“Scott brings a ton of experience to our Department. We are very fortunate to have him on board,” Young said.
Township Trustee President Robert McClure Jr. said he was very impressed with both McCoy and Sells’ resumes and welcomed the two candidates to the township fire and EMS department.
The Mad River Township Trustees will meet again in regular session at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. All regular township sessions are held in the township meeting room at the Enon/Mad River Township Fire and EMS station, located at 260 E. Main St. in Enon.
Linda Collins is a freelance reporter for Greene County News.