The Worthington community is stepping up to support one another during this public health crisis. Our first responders and City crews on the front lines have been the recipients of several donations from community businesses and organizations. Worthington Police Chief Robert Ware and Fire Chief Mark Zambito are grateful for these kind donations and well wishes and would like to share their gratitude for these generous community heroes.
April 28 - Recognizing Worthington’s Heroes
Worthington’s first responders continue to receive generous donations from community businesses, organizations and individuals who are supporting our crews and providing much-needed food and supplies.
Police Chief Robert Ware would like to recognize local heroes at Worthington business House of Cigars for their generous donation of face masks, as well as Worthington’s Jimmy John’s location, Hoggy’s and Bibibop Asian Grill for keeping crews well-fed while on the job.
In addition, Worthington Fire Chief Mark Zambito shares his thanks with Hoggy’s and to the anonymous resident who is sending Plank’s Pizza on a weekly basis. We appreciate your generosity and commitment to our Worthington first responders.
April 23 - Salute to Volunteers
April 19 - 25, 2020 is National Volunteer Week, a week when we shine the spotlight on the dedicated people in our community who selflessly work to better the lives of others. While we strive to recognize these individuals not only this week, but all year long, the role volunteers are playing in our community now during this crisis is vital to the health and stability of our community. Volunteers are lifting spirits, running errands to deliver vital food and supplies to neighbors and others in need, supporting local businesses, and are the foundation of a strong, caring community.
Today we take a moment to recognize volunteers who are vital to our Parks & Recreation team and our Division of Police. We celebrate and thank you for your commitment and dedication to our community.
April 22 - Thank you to Worthington’s Administrative Professionals
Administrative professionals are often considered the glue that holds an organization together. Today on this Administrative Professionals Day, we pause to recognize Worthington’s administrative professionals, who are working hard to support and serve our community. Our thanks go out to all of these dedicated professionals, as well as many other City staff members who provide administrative support, for their dedication to our organization and the Worthington community.
Police Chief Robert Ware shares Thanks With our Community Heroes
(April 10, 2020) - This week we have been blessed by a continued show of support from the community. We have received colored pictures thanking officers for their service to the community and a letter of support from the Daisy Troop #6675. We received a handwritten letter from a young boy, Alan, thanking the officers for being brave. We received a food donation from Jimmy John’s on High Street, and our most recent donation came from Jane Tsai, a Law School graduate who has formed her non-profit, Jane’s Kitchen, to ensure front line first responders receive a healthy meal during this emergency. She delivered a load of individually packaged meals (pictured right) which our officers are enjoying with much gratitude.
I want to thank the public for their continued support of the Worthington Division of Police. Our staff continues to provide selfless service to our community and we are eagerly awaiting the day in which we can all come together and celebrate as a community. This is a time that has allowed the good to come out in people, to serve others, and really reflect and embrace the things we sometimes take for granted.
Hyperion Materials and Technologies Donates N95 Masks to the Division of Fire
The Worthington Division of Fire is sharing a big Thank You with Worthington business Hyperion Materials and Technologies for the generous donation of 360 N95 masks. Worthington firefighter/paramedics wear the N95 mask on all calls where they come into contact with and treat patients. This is a vital piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) and this donation from Hyperion provides a valuable resource for the protection of our crews so they can stay healthy and properly serve the community.
Pictured L to R: Firefighter/Paramedics Asa Snouffer, Nick Schaeffer, and Billy Rings, Lieutenant Mark Lundy, Hyperion Environmental Health and Safety Manager Steve Wood.
With its global headquarters located in Worthington, Hyperion Materials and Technologies is a major City employer that manufactures industrial-grade diamonds for cutting and pressing hard and super-hard materials. Hyperion is an essential business and remains open during this crisis, but is operating with reduced staff. Hyperion is featured on the City of Worthington’s economic development website businessworthington.org, with a video testimonial showcasing their Worthington experience. Watch the Hyperion video here.
High Bank Distillery Hand Sanitizer Donation
When police officers are on patrol there’s usually not a location available for them to stop and wash their hands. A huge THANK YOU goes out to High Bank Distillery for their donation of hand sanitizer to help the Worthington Police officers stop the spread of coronavirus. High Bank Distillery, located on Goodale Boulevard in Columbus, has transformed its business to produce hand sanitizer which they are donating to first responders. They donated six bottles of hand sanitizer to the Worthington Police Department and have contributed to other jurisdictions around central Ohio. View the 10TV news story about the process and donations During this process to help the community, the kitchen is still open for daily take-out food orders. Here is a link to their website to learn more. The City of Worthington is grateful for their donation, which will go a long way in helping keep our first responders safe and healthy. Pictured: Worthington Officer Babb picking up six free bottles of hand sanitizer from Emily at the High Bank Distillery
SuperGames Donates Face Shields for First Responders
Many thanks to Worthington business SuperGames for getting much needed safety gear in the hands of our Worthington first responders. SuperGames is a 501 3-C nonprofit corporation with a Board of Trustees that specializes in large family events for schools colleges, and city recreation departments. During this pandemic emergency, Gary Moore, of SuperGames, is shifting gears from special events to helping to distribute face shields to protect emergency crews from the threat of COVID-19 when working out in the field. Moore’s brother Tim, who owns Waterford Signs in Delaware, Ohio, manufactures the shields, which have also been donated to area first responders. Gary Moore purchased the shields from Waterford Signs and donated them to the Worthington Division of Fire and EMS. The equipment is now housed on our medic vehicles, to be used in conjunction with existing masks and glasses. Not only will the face shields offer more protection, but they may help extend the life of safety masks. When Moore dropped off the face shields he stayed “socially distant” and did not get in the photo. Pictured L. to R.: Firefighter/Paramedic Billy Rings; Firefighter/Paramedic Paul Fredieu; Lieutenant Mark Lundy