Deputy Chief Michael Froelich recognized for his service to the community
Honored for his outstanding years of service as a first responder

Retired Deputy Chief Mike Froelich

Owens Community College has canceled all large gatherings and ceremonies for the foreseeable future. One particularly special event that will not take place is the 17th Annual Outstanding Service Awards.

Owens Community College is proud to lead Northwest Ohio with the premier recognition event for first responders in the region. Each year, the school hosts a gathering to celebrate the heroic action of the men and women in the first responder community.


The signature breakfast on the Toledo-area Campus is affectionately known as “the safest place in Northwest Ohio,” as nearly every police, fire, and EMT leader in the region attends our event.  It’s a yearly reminder of the selfless service our police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel give us 365 days a year.

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The Owens Community College Alumni Association recognizes the tremendous contribution that police, fire and emergency medical professionals make to our communities. Their daily role in public service makes our lives safer. To celebrate their accomplishments, the Alumni Association established the Outstanding Service Awards.

Due to COVID-19, this year recognition is being done remotely via social distancing, beginning with a video with Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner, State Senator Theresa Gavarone, and State Representative Haraz Ghanbari introduces the awards.

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In order for a firefighter's nomination to be considered, he must meet the following criteria: Dedicated, responsible, professional behavior, ingenuity, bravery, special skills or assistance above and beyond the call of duty.

Retired Deputy Chief Michael Froelich, of the Sylvania Township Fire Department, is the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Service Award for Service to the Community.  Deputy Chief Froelich was nominated by Chief Michael Ramm of the Sylvania Township Fire Department.

Deputy Chief Froelich retired on January 17, 2020 with over 30 years of dedicated service to our community.  Deputy Chief Froelich served in many different capacities through his career including a Firefighter/EMT.  He was instrumental in the creation of the Community Risk Reduction Bureau, which was formerly the Fire Prevention Bureau.


He is a proven leader in his field that has guided many Fire Safety Inspectors as well as Arson investigators. Chief Froelich also sits on the Education Committee and has written articles for various Fire Publications during his career. He is a selfless person and has always placed his comrades and his community before himself.

Congratulations Deputy Chief Froelich!

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