SIDNEY — The city of Sidney’s newest firefighter, Jacob Finfrock, and police officer, Hayden Bronne, were introduced to the Sidney City Council during its Monday evening teleconference meeting.
Fire Chief Chad Hollinger said Finfrock is an “outstanding addition” to the city of Sidney and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
“His military service record is exceptional and through the extensive hiring process he has proven that he is deserving of the opportunity to serve our community. He has demonstrated through this process and his service to our country, that he has dedicated his life to the principles and ideas of service, sacrifice, integrity, and honor,” Hollinger said of the newest member of Sidney Fire.
Finfrock is a 2012 graduate of Milton-Union High School. After high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a basic rifleman and scout sniper. Upon completing his service in the Marine Corps, Hollinger said, Finfrock worked in the private sector for an engineering and survey firm. During this time, he enlisted with the Ohio National Guard and continues to serve as an 18 bravo weapons sergeant within the special forces community.
The new firefighter will begin his fire service training on May 17 at the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and will graduate on July 23. Finfrock then will be enrolled in emergency medical services training as soon as he returns from the academy.
After receiving a welcoming round of applause from those in attendance, Finfrock thanked the city for the opportunity and said he was looking forward to working for the city of Sidney.
Next, Police Chief Will Balling introduced Bronne to City Council.
”We are excited to introduce Officer Bronne as the newest Sidney Police Officer and we look forward to him and his family becoming part of the Sidney Police Department and the community,” said Balling.
Bronne demonstrated during his interview Sidney Police Department’s core principles of professionalism, integrity, courage and compassion, Balling said. One of his past employers advised that he was a very good worker. He was always the first one on the job and the last one to leave. All of his references said he would be a dedicated officer and a hard worker.
Bronne graduated from Graham High school, then from Tiffin University with a major in law enforcement, and also completed an internship with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Department.
Balling noted Bronne was an avid wrestler and was on the wrestling team all four years he attended Tiffin University. He was also assisted with one of the largest wrestling camps in the nation (Jeff Jordan State Champs Camp) while in high school.
Bronne will be attending Rhodes State College for his basic academy starting on April 26.
After his introduction, Bronne also thanked city officials for the opportunity and that he was also looking forward to working for the city of Sidney. City Council members responded with a welcoming applause.
In other business, City Council went into an executive session to to prepare for negotiations or bargaining sessions with a public employees. Council also held a special meeting immediately prior the regular meeting Monday to hold an executive session to discuss the employment of a public employee/official. No action was taken by council members after they emerged from either session.
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