Dr. Sue Gavron is a retired professor from Bowling Green State University who stays just as busy post-retirement. For more than fifteen years, she has served in the Central Joint Fire Department as a firefighter, trainer and public information officer (PIO). Her district includes Liberty Township, Portage Township, the Village of Portage and portions of Plain Township. Dr. Gavron currently supports scene photography and safety and maintains EMT certification.
Dr. Gavron is an alternate PIO at the Wood County Health Department and convenes other county PIO’s for collaboration. She implemented key sections of the department’s influenza pandemic crisis response plan. She serves on the Wood County Pandemic Readiness and Emergency Planning Committee and teaches National Incident Management System courses.
Dr. Gavron is also active with the Wood County Emergency Management Agency, functioning as their PIO and supports exercise planning and evaluation. She played a critical role in the Lake Township tornado response and is a member of the local Emergency Planning Committee.
Dr. Gavron has been a volunteer for the American Red cross since Hurricane Katrina-—nearly seven years. She received superior evaluations for her work as a Governmental Operations Liaison. She has been a Disaster Action Team captain, leading responses to local fires in Wood County and has been a Disaster Services instructor in classes throughout the region. Dr. Gavron has supported local public information efforts on community preparedness and awareness raising for the Red Cross as well as serving as a PIO during local fires. She continues to serve on the Communications and Marketing Committee.
Dr. Gavron has also served as a member of the MS Society Board and has provided emergency first aid and safety support for the annual Bike-to-the-Bay event.
All this volunteerism demonstrates Dr. Gavron’s generosity of spirit. She is driven to serve, has limitless compassion and unbelievable passion. She is as conscientious as any paid staff person and her volunteer work is as serious to her as a job. She is a mentor to many volunteers and has touched hundreds of volunteers through her teaching and her service.
Dr. Gavron is described as an “awe-inspiring individual” who is a worthy recipient of this award.
~ Nominated by Ken Robinson, Regional Director of Programs and Services, American Red Cross