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 Sidney Fire and Rescue

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  Station #2 - 411 S. Vandemark Road
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Department Awards Program

The purpose of this program is to publicly and officially recognize members of the Department of Fire & Emergency Services who distinguish themselves by performing exceptional or conspicuously outstanding acts of heroism. The program will also recognize members of the community who perform acts of heroism or otherwise perform life saving actions. Individuals or organizations whose actions benefit the operation of the Department of Fire & Emergency Services in carrying out its mission will also be recognized.

It also provides for the recognition of members who perform commendable acts which are deemed to be above and beyond those normally expected or required of Department personnel conscientious discharging their duties, and acknowledges personnel who engage in other meritorious or exemplary activities.


2017 Firefighter of the Year

The Sidney Fire Department is pleased to announce that the Firefighter of the Year for 2017 is Michael Utz. Michael has been with the department for over 16 years.


A graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School, Michael is a certified paramedic, and is a current member on the Rope Rescue and Water Rescue, as well as the Honor Guard. Michael is a CPR, PALS, ACLS, CE, and protocol instructor.


Michael has received recognition from his supervisors on numerous occasions and just to name a few of them are: in 2011 after arriving on scene of a fatal car accident of a young girl, FF Utz went beyond his expected duties and stayed with the family offering emotional support in their time of need which was recognized by numerous community members; in 2012, Michael and his crew received recognition for their actions for saving a man’s life after him being found in cardiac arrest; in 2015 FF Utz was part of a crew that was recognized as doing a great job from the Care Flight team on scene of a motorcycle accident on I-75; in 2017 Michael was part of a crew that responded to a call of a man not breathing after a seizure, where ACLS procedures were performed. The patient survived because of the knowledge and skill of this team. This patient’s daughter personally came in to the fire station to thank those that saved her father’s life. Also in 2017, Michael was on scene of a natural gas leak and due to the actions taken that day, saved this house from an explosion. Recently in January of this year, FF Utz’s crew responded to a patient not breathing with no pulse, but as a result of the quick actions and team work, this patient is alive today. Michael has also shown great professionalism and is a great example for his fellow FFs in the department with his dedication and compassion for teaching children fire safety within the schools.


During his career, Michael’s supervisors have made notable remarks on his performance such as being a very competent paramedic, an asset on emergency scenes, and a great asset to our organization. Because of these invaluable assets, FF Utz received a Fire Chief’s Commendation Award in July 2015 for his actions and life-saving efforts in a river rescue event on the Great Miami River.


Michael and his wife Shannon have one son, Ezekiel, and reside in Wapak.


FF Utz is clearly a credit to the Department and an asset to the entire community. It is my pleasure to present the Firefighter of the Year Award to Michael Utz.


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