New Firefighters Bring Unique Skills
February 25, 2017
To ensure reliable and adequate protection for the community, the Butler Township Fire Department hired two full-time firefighter/paramedics in February 2017, essentially converting the positions from part-time to full-time.
Ryan Boon has been a part-time firefighter/paramedic for Butler Township for the last nine years. He has gained additional experience working part-time for other communities, as well. He is certified in swift water rescue, trench rescue, rope rescue and confined space rescue.
Todd Flohre has served as a part-time Butler Township firefighter/paramedic for the past five years, and gained additional experience working part-time for Washington Township. He is a certified technician for ice rescue and hazardous materials.
“With their highly specialized skill sets, Ryan and Todd are excellent additions to our staff,” said Fire Chief Dan Alig.
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Betz Named New Trustee
February 10, 2017
Ken Betz was appointed Butler Township Trustee on January 23, 2017, to fill the vacant position created by the resignation of Trustee Nick Brusky. Ken has served on the Butler Township Budget Commission since its inception in June 2016.
Ken has been the director of the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office and the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory for more than 40 years. He serves on various committees including the Montgomery County Criminal Justice Council, Montgomery County Child Death Review Committee, Montgomery County Domestic Violence Death Review and Montgomery County Technical Advisory Committee (Office of Emergency Management). He also serves as the current board chairman for Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio.
Ken holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Dayton and a Master of Science from Xavier University. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, he has lectured on forensic issues in China and the Soviet Union. He has served as an adjunct professor at Sinclair College and has lectured to law enforcement agencies throughout Ohio.
Ken and his wife, Chris, have been residents of Butler Township for more than 40 years. Chris recently retired from the Tipp City School District after teaching for more than three decades. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Ken’s term of office expires December 31, 2017.
Township Hires New Police Officers
In January, Chief John Porter swore in two new full-time officers.
Officer John Rieder comes to the township with 20 years of police experience, having served as a detective, sergeant and evidence technician. He was a park ranger for the Five Rivers MetroParks and an officer with the Germantown Police Department as well as Butler Township.
Officer Troy Dexter, who has worked for the Clayton and Trotwood police departments, brings over 17 years of law enforcement experience to his new position. He has served as a detective, crash investigator and a special drug investigator.
“Without the community’s support of the police levy last November, we would not have been able to hire these two highly trained and experienced officers,” said Chief John Porter. “They bring outstanding credentials and expertise to our department.”