Fairfield Community Foundation recognizing heroes for 9/11 anniversary
FAIRFIELD – It’s now up to the community to decide who to honor as their hometown heroes to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The Fairfield Community Foundation went through the 24 nominations it received and selected two in each category – police, fire and medical professional – as finalists for the public to vote on.
“We wanted to honor the folks who really do go above and beyond,” said Linda Yarger, president of the foundation.
‘”We honor those who run toward danger, not away.”
Voting takes place through Aug. 27 on the foundation’s website.
The winner will be announced at the 11 a.m., Sept. 11, program, at Veterans Memorial Park, 701 Wessel Drive. Each will receive a trophy designed and made by artists at Inside Out Studios, and a cash award.
The nominees are in three categories.
- Dr. Kevin Hartwig: An anesthesiologist at Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital, Dr. Hartwig pioneered the development of an ‘intubation team’ during the pandemic to meet the growing need of patients requiring intubation. On a regional level he worked to reverse-engineer anesthesia machines to be used as ventilators if needed.
- Matt Dameron: A nurse at Mercy Health Fairfield Hospital, Dameron taught and mentored the staff on his unit to care for patients with COVID-19 who required critical respiratory care along with creating a plan to educate the staff.
Fire service nominees
- Mary Alcorn: A six-year veteran of the Fairfield Township Fire Corps program, Alcorn has taken on the role of the group’s mascot Sparky the Fire Dog.
- Jeff Vater: A six-year part-time Fairfield firefighter, Vater is certified as a paramedic and works full time for the Cincinnati Fire Department. Last December he went into the back of a burning building – after being forced out of the front by growing fire and heat – and found a missing person, who later died from injuries at the hospital.
Police Service nominees
- Greg Bailes: A 19-year veteran of the Fairfield Police Department, Bailes and his family founded the Broken Bus Ministry in 2013. It serves the homeless population in Cincinnati on weekends. He also serves as the board president for Transitional Living, which provides mental health services in Butler County.
- Rob Corner: A 22-year veteran of the Fairfield Police Department, Corner recently retired from the Ohio Army Nation Guard after 30 years, retiring as a command sergeant major. As an officer Corner has been a K9 handler, field training officer, firearms instructor and a member of the SWAT team. He is now the school resource officer at Fairfield Senior High School.