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Exchange Club presents community service awards

The Findlay Exchange Club honored community members for their service and dedication to excellence to Findlay and Hancock County at its recent awards luncheon.
Tim Hassan was named Firefighter of the Year. Hassan and his crew responded to a medical call involving an unresponsive victim in cardiac arrest due to a drug overdose. He performed CPR and the victim was able to communicate with the first responders. Hassan was also recognized for his work with the City Wide Insurance Committee, assistance during the 2007 flood and his fire and EMS responsibilities. He has accepted additional duties managing the Findlay Fire Department’s radio maintenance system.
Law Officer of the Year is Don Dawson. Since joining the Findlay Police Department in 2001, he has served as a field training officer, self-defense instructor and driving instructor. He serves as the department’s hostage negotiator and is a part-time instructor at Owens Police Academy. Dawson has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Findlay and has received the Findlay Police Department’s Lifesaving Award on two occasions, but has three saves to his credit.
The Book of Golden Deeds Awards is given to an individual or couple to honor their life-long commitment to their community. This year’s award was presented to Gene and Evelyn Kelsey. They created and ran the Christian Clearing House, which serves the residents of Hancock County in need of relief during emergencies by pooling the resources of 45 member churches. Their “Partners in Progress” program assists residents to set goals and develop skills to provide for themselves and their dependents. They also work community events such as food drives and distributions and 1Matters “” Project Connect offering medical and other services for the homeless. They have trained 80 volunteers at the Christian Clearing House. The agency has served 12,500 families with over $1.8 million in funds.
The Proudly We Hail Award was presented to the Findlay Hancock County Public Library for its constant and correct display of the U.S. Flag. Director Jeff Winkle accepted the award on behalf of the library. The library’s flag display can be viewed in its courtyard with the U.S. Flag, the Ohio pennant and a literacy flag.
Findlay High School student Hiromasa Alex Harada won the Youth of the Year Award and a $500 scholarship. He will be attending University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business to study business.
The Findlay Exchange Club is a service organization serving the Findlay and Hancock County community since 1930 with its core values of family, community and country. The club sponsors local baseball and softball teams, distributes youth scholarships and community awards, hands out flags at the Memorial Day Parade, supports child-abuse prevention programs and hosts fields of U.S. Flags and created the Flags4Soldiers programs for area military leaving for or returning from duty.
Anyone interested is welcome to attend Exchange Club meetings, held from noon to 1 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Rosewood Room in the University of Findlay’s Henderson Dining Hall. More information is also available on Facebook or by calling 419-427-8425.

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