Scouts honor firefighters/medics as their heroes: Olmsted Dates and Data


OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — “To help other people at all times” is part of the Cub Scout Oath.

It was only natural Olmsted Falls Cub Scout Pack 102 celebrated the Olmsted Township fire department and selected three firefighters/medics as their heroes who are ready to help others no matter the place or time.

The pack honored Olmsted Township firefighters/medics Paul Rastall, Dave Gale and Adrian Baker as they presented them “My Hero Award” framed certificates at a recent meeting.

“They have done such an awesome job, including delivering five babies in a little under two years,” Cub Master Nick Riegelmayer said. “They just fit the award. It is an honor to do this.”

Olmsted Falls residents Andy and Courtney Tenhover with their sons Ben, 4 and Tyler, 18 months, attended the pack meeting at which the men were honored. They agreed the award fit the honorees perfectly. Andy and Courtney began the start of the birth brigade in November 2019. Four of the five babies the Olmsted Township fire department helped deliver within the last two years were born in the township’s squad/ambulance.

firefighters and family in front of a squad

Olmsted Township firefighters/medics brought five babies into the world within the last two years, four born in the Medic 1 squad. Those standing with one of the families are, from left, Paul Rastall, Adrian Baker, Courtney Tenhover, Tyler, Andy Tenhover, Ben, Dave Gale and Lt. Joe Foecking. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special to cleveland.com)

“My water broke and we began getting ready for the drive to St. John’s Hospital,” Courtney said. “As we left home, I began thinking, we’re not going to make it. In hindsight, I should have called 911.”

Well, they drove to 911 rather than calling 911.

Andy was just driving by the Olmsted Township fire station when Courtney questioned whether they would make it to the hospital because the labor pains were coming fast. Andy turned into the Olmsted Township fire station’s parking lot, jumped out of the car and rang the doorbell.

Paul heard the doorbell and was a bit surprised.

It was 2:30 a.m.

“I thought, this better be good at 2:30 in the morning,” he said. “Well, it was.”

Andy told him Courtney was about to give birth. Paul, Adrian and Dave went into action. Lt. Joe Foekling got behind Medic 1′s wheel and drove it next to the Tenhover’s car to transport them to the hospital.

“We have a routine (in taking stats) first and begin assessing. I didn’t even get a chance to do that. The baby’s head began appearing,” Paul said.

Before the delivery, however, they found the umbilical cord wrapped about the baby’s neck. They quickly unwrapped it.

scout master honoring three firefighters/medics

Olmsted Falls Cub Scout Pack 102 Cub Master Nick Riegelmayer thanks Olmsted Township firefighters/medics Paul Rastall, Adrian Baker and Dave Gale who received the pack’s “My Hero” award. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special to cleveland.com)

“We cut the cord, wrapped him up and placed him on his mother,” Paul said. “I called the hospital and said ‘We’re coming with two patients.’”

Tyler was born along the way at Fitch and Butternut Ridge roads.

“We left home and I think Tyler was born within 30 minutes,” Courtney said.

Medic 1 now sports four stork stickers just behind the driver’s door, three blue and one pink for the four babies born inside the squad. The fifth took its first breath at the station.

Nick said the timing of the award couldn’t be better.

“It is so close to Mother’s Day,” he said to Courtney. “It’s an honor to do this.”

Olmsted Township Fire Chief Patrick Kelly said all the firefighters appreciate the honor.

“Last year we had 2,153 emergency calls. We are busy,” he said. “Thank you and keep up the good work you do. When you get older, come see us about becoming a firefighter.”

four storks on the side of a fire department squad.

One pink and three blue storks appear on Olmsted Township’s Medic 1 squad in which firefighters/medics delivered four babies. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special to cleveland.com)

Cub Scout Johnny Rokas, 8, said he was happy to see them receive the award.

“They make me feel safe. If there is a fire at a house, sometimes they have to go inside. That is dangerous,” he said. “They are heroes.”

We all feel the department and all safety forces are heroes. Thank you cub scouts for honoring them. We appreciate it.

Summer kid fun: Camp Invention is a great way to spark your child’s creativity and confidence.

The program, which offers in person or at home attendance, will run from June 21-25 for campers in grades kindergarten through 6 at Falls-Lenox Primary School. They will have hands-on activities exploring fun STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – concepts. It will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Go to invent.org/mylocalcamp to register. Contact Briana Smith, camp director at bsmith@ofcs.net, if you have questions about the program.

Special thanks: Olmsted Auto Care held its Brakes for Kids fundraiser that ran from Feb. 1 through March. The shop not only offered free brake pads or shoes with any brake repair but it donated 10 percent of all brake repair work to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Thanks to owner Corey Evaldi, his staff and the community for the final tally –$5,179.47 – that was donated. We truly do have that Bulldog Spirit.

Scout plant sale: It’s finally here. The Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 is this Saturday and Sunday, May 8 and 9, in front of Falls-Lenox Primary School on Bagley Road.

The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 8 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9 – Mother’s Day.

Selections include vegetables, herbs, flowers and hanging baskets. The boys will help you carry your purchases to your car.

Remember, May 9 is Mother’s Day. Any mother would appreciate a hanging basket or flowers that you plant for her.

Start saving: The Olmsted Falls Music Association will have its popular cloth items Fill the Truck event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5. The truck will be parked at the Falls-Lenox Primary School. It is in cooperation with Savers, which will compensate the group based on the pounds of cloth items collected.

As a reminder, items that may be donated are clothing; shoes; such accessories as scarves, belts, purses, hats, book bags, cloth lunch bags; linens, curtains, draperies, towels, bedding and fabric. It will not accept toys, books or items that are not cloth. Just put your donated items in bags or boxes.

You not only have a chance to clean your drawers, closets and attics but all donors receive a tax-deductible receipt. Have questions? Contact Frank Miller, millerfp3@ameritech.net.

New swim team: Welcome Olmsted Otters, the new Olmsted Community swim team coming to town this summer. Practices begin in June at the North Olmsted Rec Center or the Brooklyn Rec Center.

Registration for those ages 8 to 18 is open through the Olmsted Community Center’s website. The cost is $80.

Olmsted Falls High School swim team coaches are managing and coaching the team, which is a member of the Recreational Suburban Swim League. Contact Bulldog swim head coach Rich Szczepinski at coachrich@slawoffice.com or 440-574-0253 if you have questions about the team.

Polaris honors: Polaris Career Center recently inducted 81 students into the National Technical Honor Center.

Several are Olmsted Falls students. They include Andrew Conner, junior, studying heating, ventilating & air conditioning; Christopher Edmonds, junior, precision CNC machining; Lauren Lodato, junior, medical professions; Bailey Sharp, senior, exercise science & rehab therapy; Logan Staley, junior, computer networking academy; Nicholas Vroutos, junior, computer networking academy and Alan Zelnicek, junior, computer networking academy. Polaris satellite inductees are Delaney Condosta, junior, biomedical science; Anthony DeMarco, senior, biomedical science; Olivia Heinrich, junior, biomedical science; Grace Lewarchick, junior, biomedical science; Hannah Mahoney, junior, biomedical science and Caden Prada, junior, engineering.

Nominees are evaluated based on scholarship, service, leadership…



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