2011 Awards Dinner

Box 15’s Annual Awards Dinner was held on Sunday, May 1 at Columbus Firefighters Local 67 “Station 67”. This year we were pleased to honor Captain Gregory Lash, house Captain for Columbus Fire Station #1 as the Max Haverman Columbus Firefighter of the Year. Captain Lash has been a great friend to Box 15 over the years and we are extremely pleased that he was nominated. In addition to his duties as House Captain at Fire Station #1, he spends many hours working with the firefighter recruit classes, making sure they receive the best training possible. Greg has received numerous honors and acknowledgments over his 38 year career.

The Larry Parlett County Firefighter of the Year honoree was Lieutenant Chase Bryan of the Truro Township Fire Department. Lieutenant Bryan has received three other honors throughout his career. Chase is always the first to step up when a task needs to be handled. He is a natural leader, serving as the Local 2932 President, he also mentors new and part-time firefighters and has taken the lead in arranging training seminars for all area firefighters.

And this year, we named a “Firebuff of the Year”, the first since 2006, Brett Barber, who currently serves as Vice President (again). Brett previously served as President for 4 years, was VP for 3 years and Trustee for 2 terms. He has also chaired several Committees and has taken the lead in marketing our apparel sales, including the popular breast cancer awareness shirts. Brett handles all the preparation for the Annual Awards Dinner and coordinates our support efforts with the Columbus Fire Training Academy. Brett has been a very active member of Box 15 for 18 years.

Ohio Fire and EMS Expo

Box 15 will be represented at the Ohio Fire & EMS Expo, coming to the Columbus Convention Center on September 23 thru 25. The Expo will feature about 115 exhibitors as well as a wide array of presentations and training classes. More information can be found at Ohio Fire Expo WebSite.

Box 15 Member Pete Fowler Passes

Long time Box 15 member, Peter Robert Fowler passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Pete joined Box 15 in 1968 and was honored as the “Fire Buff of the Year” in 1999. He was a volunteer firefighter with Whitehall, achieving the rank of Captain. Pete was also an avid fire buff and was one of a select group that regularly traveled to Chicago to “ride out”. Until his health dictated otherwise, Pete was a fixture at every greater alarm fire in Central Ohio. Pete was instrumental in putting our first few canteen units in service. He was also a founding member of the Central Ohio Fire Buffs Association. Pete and Mayellen were married for 47 years and had 3 sons.

Visiting hours will be from 4 to 8 PM, Friday, June 11 at Evans Funeral Home, 4171 Livingston Avenue
Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 AM, Saturday, June 12 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 5684 Groveport Road, Groveport, Ohio

We’re “In the Pink”

Box 15 is currently selling Columbus Fire tee shirts that feature the Breast Cancer Awareness pink ribbon logo.  $1 of each shirt sold goes to the Stefanie Spielman Breast Cancer Research Fund at Ohio State University.  Use of the IAFF Logo was authorized by Columbus Firefighters Local 67.  Prices start at $12 each for youth sizes (S, M, L) and $13 for adult sizes Small to Extra Large.  2X, 3X & 4X are slightly more.  Shirts can be purchased by sending e-mail orders to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Shirts can either be picked up at Fire Station #1 or can be mailed to out-of-town addresses.  Shipping & handling charges will be added to cover the cost of packaging and mailing.

Box 15 Participates in Norwich Township's Spirit of Safety Day

On May 15th, Box 15 joined Norwich Township and the Hilliard Police Department for their first annual Spirit of Safety Day.  This day-long event showcased the capabilities of NTFD and HPD with water rescue, rope repelling, auto extrication, and K-9 demonstrations, as well as a MedFlight Helicopter landing.  The Central Ohio Strike Team also had a vehicle on display.  Other participants included Franklin County Homeland Security, the Red Cross, Mount Carmel, and a host of other agencies.  The entire day was free, right down to drinks, pop-corn, and hot dogs!  We look forward to participating again next year!

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