Amstutz (photo submitted)
Amstutz (photo submitted)

PERRYSBURG, Ohio — A Van Wert native has been named Firefighter of the Year for the Perrysburg Fire Division in Perrysburg, Ohio. Josh Amstutz has been honored by helping to obtain grant funding to obtain a cot lift system for the department. Amstutz, 37, is the son of Greg and Michele Amstutz of Van Wert.

“Josh, he is a great guy, and this award is well deserved,” stated Perrysburg Fire Chief Jeff Klein.

Amstutz signed onto a fire brigade while working at Cooper Tire in Bowling Green. Klein continued, “The recession forced him to take a job in Memphis, Tennessee, until Perrysburg was able to bring him back to be with the rest of his family in Northwest Ohio.”

Amstutz took the initiative in seeking out grant funding to obtain a $30,000 cot lift system for Perrysburg through the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation. The lift system is designed to help prevent lower back injuries in paramedics and firefighters due to repeated lifting and moving of patients.

According to Klein, Amstutz took the lead to compile the information needed to apply for the grant. The fire department was notified within a few weeks that they had been awarded the grant.

“This hard work from Josh was able to save the citizens of Perrysburg $30,000 — not including the intended savings from injuries, but also improving the overall health of our firefighter/paramedics,” said Klein. “As fire chief, I am truly appreciative of the dedication Josh has demonstrated to the Perryburg Fire Division.”

Amstutz lives in Perrysburg with his wife, Andrea, and children Ethan and Marissa.