Firefighter of the Year Award
In 2017 our committee received a recommendation from the Chief of the Ballville Fire Department, Douglas W Crowell, Sr.. After careful review the Fremont Exchange Club committee selected Safety Officer Corey Hessick for Firefighter of the year.
On Friday, October 13, 2017, the Fremont Exchange Club presented Safety Officer Corey Hessick with the prestigious Firefighter of the Year Award at an Exchange Club luncheon.
In April of 2017, Corey was dispatched to a house fire in which a person was trapped inside the burning structure. Upon arrival, extinguishment had begun as well as ventilation efforts in an attempt to make conditions optimal for search and rescue. Safety Officer Corey Hessick as well as firefighter Paul Halbisen from Fremont Fire Dept., entered the burning structure and began the dangerous job of searching for the homeowner. Officer Hessick found the victim inside the kitchen area and carried her out of the burning home where CPR was started. Shes was transported to the hospital and later succumbed to her injuries. While this story does not have the happy ending that we were all hoping for, if not for the efforts of Corey this person would have never even been given a chance at survival, which is what we all hope for when a fireman risks their own life to save another.
Corey is described as caring, sharing and compassionate about his work and continues to excel at the demands the fire department presents. He is well respected by his crew, the Department and the community.
Each year fire chiefs from all Sandusky County fire departments are contacted and encouraged to submit nominees and the Exchange Club selects a winner. For more information about the Fremont Exchange Club visit their website at:
On Friday, October 13, 2017, the Fremont Exchange Club presented Ballville Safety Officer, Corey Hessick with the prestigious Firefighter of the Year Award at an Exchange Club luncheon.
Safety Officer Corey Hessick
2017 Firefighter of the Year
Fremont Exchange Club
Previous Firefighters of the Year
1996 Ron Schmitz, Sandusky Twp
1997 Larry Longenbaugh, Sandusky Twp
1998 Jim Zimmerman, Fremont
1999 Brian Edwards, Ballville Twp
2000 Ray Ronski, Sandusky Twp
2001 Don Bertsch, Sandusky Twp
2002 Robert Nepper, Sandusky Twp
2003 Bill Lagrou, Ballville Twp
2004 Doug Crowell Jr, Ballville Twp
2006 Herb Sneider, Helena VFD
2007 Kevin Ruth, Helena VFD
2013 Eddie Bauer, Gibsonburg VFD
2014 Jason Conklin, Lindsey VFD
2015 Lt. Robert "Scott" Goodwin, Ballville VFD
2016 Firefighter, Ben Fitzpatric, Fremont