LIMA — In February of this year, Trooper Chad Recker of the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was responding to a routine assignment when it was brought to his attention that an infant at a residence across the street was having difficulty breathing and was suffering from severe respiratory difficulties.
Recker stepped up to the plate and assisted the 6-week-old little girl until paramedics arrives — likely saving her young life in the process.
For that above-and-beyond-the-call reaction, Recker was one of 10 individuals, organizations, businesses and/or agencies honored during the 21st annual awards luncheon hosted by the Lima Allen-County Safe Community Coalition, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 21 and FOP Auxiliary Lodge 8.
The luncheon is held annually “to recognize those in our community who have made a significant contribution to the safety and welfare of Allen County citizens, ” said Evelyn Smith, senior planner with the Lima Allen County Regional Planning Commission and hostess for Thursday’s ceremony.
The stated goal of the Lima-Allen County Safe Community Coalition, which operates under the auspices of the regional planning commission and is funded through federal grants, is to reduce traffic crashes and the serious or fatal injuries that result from those crashes.
Other award winners recognized at Thursday’s event included:
School Safety Award — Amanda Leugers & Scarlet, Lima schools
Children Safety Award — Crankers Cycling
Youth Safety Award — You Have What It Takes program operated by the City of Lima Parks Department
Fire Safety Award — Matthew Hammons, City of Lima Fire Department
Traffic Safety Award — Sergeant Nicholas Boes, Ohio State Highway Patrol
Engineer’s Award — James Patterson, Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission
Social Media Award — Dr. Jeremy Heffner, Lima Memorial Health System
Outstanding Business Award — Lamar Outdoor Advertising
Outstanding Citizen’s Award — Citizens’ Block Patrol
Judge David Rodabaugh of the Lima Municipal Court handed out the awards.