Union Twp. Life Squad: Chief's Actions Being Questioned

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Renee Nevels, Kevin & Tina Vore and members of the squad

The Union Township Life Squad First Responders held a press conference tonight stating they fear for the safety of the residents if Chief Gerald Bowerman is not removed from his position immediately. Many residents gathered at the West Milton Municipal Park to support the squad and listen to Assistant Chief Kevin Vore, Captain Renee Nevels, and former Captain Nathan Dewey voice their concern over recent actions that have left them without a job and wondering how well the members of the community will be served in the event of an emergency.

Dewey, who has spent his whole life in West Milton and Union Township, was fired after his shift on Saturday, April 10th. Vore and Nevels were placed on administrative leave via letters from the chief Saturday and Bowerman had the locks on the station changed while giving the new key to only a few members of the squad. If a call for help comes in, and no one with a key is around, responders will have to call in mutual aid from a nearby jurisdiction. This will waste precious time and most likely cause additional problems for someone in need of immediate help from local squad members. Dewey, Vore and Nevels say these actions are a result of complaints made against the chief.

Multiple letters of complaint were brought to the Board of Directors in February, citing questionable medical practices, misuse of funds, unfair treatment of employees and the unethical use of a computer. The Board promised they would look into the matter and the medical director suspended Bowerman’s paramedic’s card, meaning he can no longer work as a paramedic, while still leaving him on the payroll.

A special meeting is being held on Thursday, April 15th at the Community Church in West Milton. Employees will attempt to vote out Chief Bowerman and members of the board, but the leaders are afraid they won’t have enough people show up due to fear of possible repercussions. Nevels said multiple statements were made by Chief Bowerman that “anyone that attends a meeting that will happen on Thursday will lose their jobs”. The Community Church is located at 2261 South Miami Street and the meeting will be held at 7pm.

After the conference Nathan Dewey told me there was no reason given to him at the time he was fired and he has no reprimands or marks on his record. Dewey used to be the captain of the squad until he was demoted in January 2010 for raising concerns about questionable actions of Chief Bowerman. As Captain he was responsible for QA/QI – basically a review of every EMS run – as well as being the EMS coordinator. Dewey says that while reviewing cases, he noticed Chief Bowerman turning over serious or complicated calls to basic crew members that did not have the experience to properly deal with the situation. He (Dewey) was also involved in reviewing a cardiac run with the EMS department at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton which raised concerns over the decisions being made by the chief. “When Chief Bowerman heard I was questioning his actions, he removed me from the position of Captain with a letter; he did not even do it in person.” Dewey states Bowerman now works with no set schedule of hours, coming and going as he pleases since he is no longer allowed to go on runs.

I also spoke with Kevin Vore for a few moments. He is very concerned for the residents of Union Township. During the conference he stated that “luckily today there were enough people around” when speaking of the locks being changed and only a few select people having keys to the station. But while we were talking, a resident came by to update Vore regarding an accident on Iddings Road that had just taken place as the press conference was in progress. He stated the City of Union Life Squad arrived on scene before the Union Township Squad. He then said what was on everyone’s mind: “If you want to know how these recent decisions will affect us, right there is your answer.”

Kevin’s wife, Tina, is also employed by the Union Township Life Squad. She told me about some of the other concerns the employees now have since the locks were changed and 3 key members of the squad are not allowed to be at work tomorrow. Tina is unsure if anyone with a key will be there to let her in at the beginning of her shift and is wondering who will be working with her if she can indeed get into the station.

I was informed there is a new employee that is only 18 years old. He has no experience since he just got his EMT card and he is not even old enough to drive one of the emergency vehicles since you have to be 21 or older to do so. I also was told another person was hired on yesterday simply after walking into the station to inquire if they were accepting applications. I was told he had not even finished filling out the application and was handed a key and hired on the spot. This “new hire” stated on the application he has one year of medical transport experience, but with no background check or drug test taking place no one is sure of his credentials or his reliability.

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57 COMMENTS

  1. Wow….Thank you for posting about this and bringing it to our attention. I had no clue this was happening in our community. Hopefully none of wonderful residents of West Milton will suffer any ill effects because of this mans power hungry actions. I have lived in the Ludlow Falls/Laura/West Milton area my whole life and have been a resident of West Milton for 24 yrs.

  2. Nice coverage of this story, much more in-depth than the TV news crews provided. It sounds like the township trustees let this one get way out of hand. Now the “puppet king” in the station can backfill cheap, inexperienced help in the absence of the skilled and experienced. I feel sorry for Union Twp residents.

    • Who are you? Do you know Chief Bowerman? Do you know our staff? Unless you are privy to something other than unsubstantiated allegations from one side of this story, perhaps you had better keep your comments a bit more in the neutral area, huh?

      • I think residents just await the so far absent response from Chief Bowerman or the Trustees. Right now all we know is what has been shared which is very, very troubling. It's good to hear that you believe that the residents of Union/West Milton have nothing to be concerned about. I hope you are right on.

        • I am right on. If it were not for the media blitz and rampant gossip mongering perpetuated by this group, I guarantee you that the members of the community would never question our care or capability.

      • Well I was there 15 years ago and started about the same time that Jerry Bowerman started. He obviously hasn't changed much. I remember him quite well there was always some sort of controversy wrapped around him. Since you weren't there 15 years ago you wouldn't know what I do know.

        • I never claimed to know what that place was like 15 years ago. To hear
          it told by the employees that were there then, yes it was high drama all
          of the time, and Jerry was not the Chief. Seems like no matter who is
          Chief there is always a clique of people that think that THEY should be
          the ones running the show and pull some stupid stunt like what happened
          Saturday because that is the only way they know how to think, as a mob,
          or how to confront an authority figure that will not crumble under
          incessant complaint. As I have said to a couple of other posters, if you
          are not there to see the day to day operation of that place, TODAY,
          then, while you may have a right to free speech, you do not have all the
          information. And what I do know is Chief Bowerman, and if anybody has
          the inclination to get to know him, while you may now always agree with
          him, and you will not always get your own damned way, Jerry, without
          question has the best interests of the squad and that community in his
          heart.

          • 15 years ago none of us were employeed we were all volenteers and the drama that you speak of was brought on by people like Jerry Bowerman. Who thought that they always had the best intrest of the squad in mind but in all reality only had his own intrest at heart. Therefore a lot of good people left the squad. I may not be there now but I have been a member of this community for 30 years and hope that things get worked out. Seems to me that there were a lot of good people speaking out that have been on the squad for a long time, that were there before you or I was ever there and who's opions I respect because they have served their community for a very long time and have always had the best intrest of the community at heart such as Kevin and Tina Vore.

          • I think that what you are saying at this point is that you simply have never liked Jerry. You are absolutely entitled to not like him. Just as employees may not like him. Just as I am entitled to not like some of my fellow employees. However, that does not mean that I can arbitrarily make accusations against people I simply do not like. My personal opinion does not change their skill or value to the Squad or community as a whole. I have seen sides of these people that you are defending that I find not only personally distasteful, but that have been in the past and are now, so damaging and divisive that we all find ourselves in an intolerable situation.

          • My liking or disliking Jerry Bowerman is not the issue here nor did I indicated otherwise. Attaching my pesonal opinion just shows me that your opinion is biase along with your attach of the people in question. You seem to be the only person on here that is defending Mr. Bowerman he hasn't even made a statement himself. As to my knowledge of the people in question they have always been upstanding members of a community that you do not even live in.

          • Of course my opinion is biased. That's what an opinion is by its nature. And my comments about other employees are my own personal opinions as well, based on my personality, their personalities and all of our collective behavior. And I am not the only person on here defending Jerry, I just have the biggest mouth and the most free time during the day of all of us that are not involved in this witch hunt. Most just want to be left out of it, and allowed to work without all of this circus. As to Jerry's comments about the issue. He has to be far more responsible and judicious, timely and accurate in his statements than the mob does. I have stated before that I do not believe that when Jerry makes a statement, or what that statement includes, that people with OPINIONS like yours are going to be willing to listen. I am certain that I will get a response from you on this, and I am willing to let you have your last little shot and leave it at that. I will address you no further.

          • If in deed his parametic license has been revoked and he has changed the locks on the station house I would not call that very responsible on his part at all.

  3. The media has been unable to reach Chief Bowerman for his comments on this matter. If and when he or a member of the board does get in touch with us, we will gladly pass on his side of the story as quickly as possible.

  4. I don't know any of these people…however before I pass judgement, I would like to hear the other side of the story. It sounds like the Chief would be setting himself and the township up for lawsuits by firing people w/o having (what should be) just cause.

    • I appreciate the fact that you want to hear the other side before making any judgements. Let me just say that UTLS/Gerald Bowerman have been sued twice before for wrongful termination and lost.

    • I have had the pleasure of meeting many of the UTLS members….I thank GOD for ALL of them. All members are a great asset to our community. Never had I felt that any member, from chief on down, has not had the communities well being at heart. I too am curious to here the other side of this situation. I am sure that the chief is not permitted to remark about any members’ employment status and has been advice by the GOVERNING BOARD not to respond to the press. My thoughts are with the total membership of the UTLS. We, the community, depend on you as a whole. We the community, need the GOVERNING BOARD to bring the members together and move forward with the highest quality of service the members can provide. The Board of Directors owe this to OUR community…..This is YOUR (board of directors) job. I for one can not pass judgement at this time. You, the board, have the facts, not the onlookers.

      Please do not let ill feelings from either side of the issues you face, cause the residence of Union Township and West Milton to suffer.

  5. I say he needs to be put out quick. How can you just rid of key members for no reason ? And change the locks ? This guy must be out of his mind and not even qualified to go on a run ? Seems it sure is taking him a long time to even defend his side of the story. Guess he hasnt made one up yet.

    • Or, perhaps, rather than hold a retaliatory, infantile press conference, our more-than-qualified Chief has other things to attend to. Like, say, our Life Squad.

  6. Nice job, Kathy. It’s too bad the chief is concerned with himself rather than the well being of the residents of Union Township. I hope you and others continue to ask hard questions and demand answers from the board and the chief.

  7. I am a member/employee of UTLS. I would like to clarify the statements being made about the incident on Iddings Rd. yesterday. Both of our units were out on calls. The City of Union responded to Iddings Rd. to provide mutual aid–this is standard practice. Once our 2nd medic was cleared from our call, we responded to Iddings Rd. We took over patient care and transported the patient. Of the UTLS personnel that were at the park and watched 2 medic units drive by…only 1 felt the need to leave and provide care. As to personnel being denied keys–this is untrue. Personnel were contacted to pick up a new key and only 2 did so promptly. The only person that was denied a key was one of the suspended members. I have asked several times for proof to back up the accusations against Chief Bowerman and have been continually denied. I think all UTLS personnel have a right to this information, not just a select group. Several of us were not informed of the meeting in February or the recent press conference. Are there issues that need resolution? Most definately! But to basically slander an entire department is uncalled for. Is Chief Bowerman the easiest person to work for? No. But our department has come a long way in the last few years. Tight control over the finances of UTLS has made it possible for these people to have a paying job and not have to “volunteer” like we used to. Thus making EMS service in the township better for us all.

  8. Fine. You are a 4.5 year resident of West Milton. I do not live in Milton. I do not even live in Union Township. I have been in succession a volunteer, a member, and an employee. I have served a community that I do not reside in as an EMT Basic and now a Paramedic. This has been over a span of 7 years, almost twice as long as you have lived there! I will tell you that the motives of the people that you are so stoutly defending are questionable, at best. While these people, most of whom are still employees, were down in the park with all of there concern for the community, those of us who are actually dedicated to our profession and our patients, were running three calls in one hour! The mutual aid call would have gone out NO MATTER WHO OR HOW MANY of us were available as we only have two ambulances. Further than that, we were able to respond and transport the patient and provide the patient with the best PARAMEDIC care. There is absolutely no risk to the health or welfare of the community except for the slanderous statements being made by employees that are out only to pad their own wallets, as the root of ALL of these allegations against Chief Bowerman revolve around money. They feel entitled to more than they were ever promised, or have ever earned. They wanted more pay and health benefits that the Corporation could not afford to give.

    In the 7 years that I have served the community, I have seen a mostly volunteer base become paid employees and make salaries comparable to what most other single service agencies pay in this area. I have seen our facilities upgraded to become what I believe are the best I have encountered in my career in EMS. Our patient care equipment, training equipment, and ambulances have been bettered year after year. We hold CPR classes now, and a Basic Refresher class, (which our then-active Captain Nevels failed to attend as an instructor this Friday prior to the big press conference she was so busy with.)

    Locks were changed. All employees that needed keys were contacted to attend a meeting that day and pick up their keys. Only two answered. Neither could go out of their way in to get their keys. My opinion is that if they did all come get the keys, they would have had one less allegation to make.

    Nathan Dewey was not given a reason for his termination. Nathan Dewey did not ask for one, either.

    As to the hiring of new employees, it has always been a possibility that you will have newly certified personnel on a crew in any department anywhere. Renee Nevels herself was hired in from volunteer status to employee status amidst concerns that she was too inexperienced at the time. Personnel that are of an age to drive the rig are still not permitted to drive immediately in an emergency situation. They are required to be checked off to drive by senior personnel after a period of orientation.

    There is a lot that you do not seem to know or care to understand about the way an EMS system runs. And I will state absolutely that those of us that support our Chief are well-qualified personnel, with many years of experience under our belts. To think that we are getting rid of 'key personnel' is an error on your part. You have a core of providers that are going to break their backs to prove that the allegations of a decline in the quality of care or the availability of services is simply slander.

  9. Could you please publish the Statement that was read by Kevin Vore. A lot of people couldn't hear it and the news stations covering it didn't have enough time to put the whole thing on air. It would be greatly appreciated and I feel that the whole area deserves to hear what was said.

    Thank you

    • The whole area, and those of us that were actually running calls when the press conference was taking place. So, please, do post it.

  10. Tina Vore was notified before the press conference, and well before her next shift that she needed to come get a key. She told an employee that she would try to come in and get the key between errands and never showed. She also had plans made with that same employee to be able to enter the building the morning of her shift and get her new key then. The schedule was filled, as it always has been to ensure the first-out medic has the required crew, which in the State of Ohio is two certified.

    • I would like to hear from a new supporter please. So far, you are his only voice and that doesn't say much for him.

  11. While we await a response from Chief Bowerman or the Township, I’d like to remind new readers of MiltonNews DAILY of our editorial guidelines.

    “As a community we strive to be a fair and open minded people and as a publication we want to reflect these goals. Comments submitted by readers should be considered User Generated Content that may at times fall outside of our editorial integrity standards. The MiltonNews DAILY reserves the right to remove comments that do not respect the privacy or reputation of others. In our opinion, everyone in our community is a ROCKSTAR and should be treated as one.”

    This is a very sensitive matter that is close to the heart of many residents of Union Township and beyond. This article was posted with the only information that was made available to the media at the time. I ask you to please be respectful of others and comments that have been made by them. If comments continue to be posted attacking one another and/or their opinions, those comments can and will be removed.

    As in life, the media will hold public officials to a higher standard than residents. However, until we hear from Chief Bowerman or the Township I caution any further comments that may only serve to damage the reputation of others in our community. – Editor

  12. While we await a response from Chief Bowerman or the Township, I'd like to remind new readers of MiltonNews DAILY of our editorial guidelines.

    “As a community we strive to be a fair and open minded people and as a publication we want to reflect these goals. Comments submitted by readers should be considered User Generated Content that may at times fall outside of our editorial integrity standards. The MiltonNews DAILY reserves the right to remove comments that do not respect the privacy or reputation of others. In our opinion, everyone in our community is a ROCKSTAR and should be treated as one.”

    This is a very sensitive matter that is close to the heart of many residents of Union Township and beyond. This article was posted with the only information that was made available to the media at the time. I ask you to please be respectful of others and comments that have been made by them. If comments continue to be posted attacking one another and/or their opinions, those comments can and will be removed.

    As in life, the media will hold public officials to a higher standard than residents. However, until we hear from Chief Bowerman or the Township I caution any further comments that may only serve to damage the reputation of others in our community. – Editor

  13. My name is Dennis Owens, I am the lead EMS instructor for Union Twp. Life Squad. The issues currently taking place at Union Twp. are the concerns of the department and community. I have maintained a neutral status as my roll is to provide education in EMS to the individuals who have decided to advance themselves in the field of EMS and have chosen Union Twp. as the entity that will provide them with the education they desire and need. I take this responsibility very seriously. Since my class is now being pulled into the fray, I must set the record straight. As I said, I have remained neutral but the comment that was made by paramedic Melanie Hodges in regards to Capt. Renee Nevels failing to attend a class this past Friday as an instructor is not true. This is a potentially damaging statement to myself, the program, Capt. Nevels and Union Twp. Life Squad and is not acceptable. First we must correct the nature of the class. This is an EMT – B (basic) class, not a refresher. Refresher classes are held for currently certified EMT’s to refresh their knowledge, skills and critical thinking abilities. The class being referenced to by Paramedic Melanie Hodges is a beginning class. That being said, Capt. Nevels is not an EMT Instructor, she is the program coordinator for Union Twp. As such, she is responsible for ensuring that the class is scheduled, a qualified instructor is assigned to the class, and that all documentation is completed, recorded and that all requirements of the program and the students are met. She is a CPR instructor. As most know, classes are scheduled in advance and a syllabi is provided to students so that may know in advance, what class will consist of. In the syllabi, a date is specified for the students to receive their BLS (cpr) training. Last Friday was not scheduled for CPR training so we have two incorrect statements, one, that the statement made makes it seem that Capt. Nevels is an instructor for that class or any other, two, that she failed to show up for a class. The facts are as follows, I asked if Capt. Nevels. would be able to do CPR class last Friday, (April 9) as I, the instructor, had an opportunity to attend another function. This would have been a change in the published syllabi that I discussed with the students in the class and which none had an issue with. The students were also told that if a CPR instructor was not available, class would continue on as scheduled and I would be present which is what happened. Capt. Nevels advised me earlier in the week she would not be able to teach the CPR class due to a previous scheduled engagement she had. I have had calls from the current students with concerns about the future of their class and have assured them that class will continue and that their education will not be interrupted by the circumstances currently surrounding Union Twp. Life Squad. Another fact that some of you may be interested in is that Captain Renee Nevels and Assistant Chief Kevin Vore were both at the station on this Friday night when they both returned from taking a 2nd out ambulance run. After returning to the station Captain Nevels stayed at the station for approximately a half hour graded the EMT-Basics first test and told the entire Basic class what a wonderful job they did on there first test. I would respectfully request that further references to my class and the EMS program at Union Twp be left out of the discussion.

  14. I have read all the comments being left here. some being fair and some not being so fair. I have been on the life squad for 20 + years and have responded for many of you or your loved ones, neighbors, etc. I have seen things, many people come run with the squad and many leave. I have made alot of friends and have been sad when something went on to cause someone to leave. Over the years no matter what was going on amongst the members the people of union twp. has always been the top priority. I have told all parties involved that I wish to be left in a neutral position, not taking a side or wanting to know what all their issues are. I am sadden when people have so many differences that they have to air their laundry so to speak out amongst the community. I would like the residents of Union Twp. to know that know matter what the problems are or how they are settled that we will continue to serve you in your time of need. As always we may have our differences but when someone is in need we have and will always pull together to do what we are trained to do, and that is to give you the best care possible for whatever the situation.

  15. Ok I have been sitting back and reading all of the posts on this web site. I have read alot of posts both for and against Chief Bowerman. However, I have not saw any replies from the Chief. I would be more then willing to listen to what the Chief has to say on his behalf. If he doesn't have anything to say then who else are we to believe? I understand that there are 2 sides to every side of the story but we are only hearing one side and he is not posting or giving any statements to the press. I just read the statement that was made of FOX 45's web site. The statement was made by Mr. Smith that Chief Bowerman was not under any investigation and that the members do not have the ability to vote for the Chiefs removal or the Boards removal.So my next question is. Who is governing the Board and the Chief or do they just have the ability to do whatever whenever they want? I has the chance to talk to one of the board members and this member said they didn't even know what was going on with Mr. Bowerman. What ever happened to the Southwest Ambulance Board? When I was a member of UTLS back in the day they had controll of UTLS and the Officers had to answer to them. Are they still in place or is this the board that we are talking about? So my final question is. Will Chief Bowerman be at the meeting to make his statement, and will the Board bet at the meeting? Those are some questions and comments that I have in regards to this. I wish the best for the members of UTLS. I know that the truth will surface soon. See all of you Thursday at the meeting.

    • To comment on your statement that you will “see us Thursday at the meeting”. This meeting is for UTLS MEMBERS/EMPLOYEES! This is NOT a meeting for the community and or press. Please allow us to take care of our business. I agree it does concern the entire community, and I'm sure they will be informed of the outcome. Those of us that are not part of the “MU 10” have been put thru hell over this situation. My child informed me today that I was going to be fired after the meeting on Thursday. She heard this on her school bus today. She has been a “Squad kid” for 9 years and is very upset by what she is hearing. I have tried to shield her from it at home, but apparently the MU 10 feel their agenda is more important than anything else. All the issues that we have had at UTLS could have been handled before it came to this point. I question why the MU 10 did not request a follow up meeting with the BOD to demand answers to their questions. Wouldn't that be the next logical step rather than to simply decide to vote them out? If they succeed in their endeavors and put a new BOD in place…..whoever you are……Good Luck….you will need it.

  16. Just so you know Erik UTLS is no joke. This is a great group of very skilled individuals who have spent lots of long hours and time out of their own lives to help serve and protect the great communities of West Milton, Potsdam, Laura, Ludlow Falls and Union Twp, I know because I work here and these people care about the citizens more then anyone I know or any other department I have worked for. When you say that these people are out to line their wallets, pockets or purses these individuals are out to let the public know what is going on in their community because they are the people who give us our pay checks. No one is on a power trip they just want the truth to be known that this organization does have its issues but in no way is the public in any danger.

    • Why did they wait until it affected them to call out the press? If the management was sooooo bad why the wait? If they were that worried about the community folks they would have got the word out before it affected them personally.

  17. I strongly agree. I feel that someone shouldn't be persecuted for something that he felt in the best interest of the squad. To let someone go for reasons that were of possible neglect isn't anything to come down on one person for. Mr Bowerman isn't any kind of tyrant that he's being made out to be. To say being hard on any one would be just the opposite. The job takes alot out of someone to carry the load such as his.The problem with this unit is everyone worries about what's going into their pockets and not coming out of their hearts. Only a hand full of members (not of the MU 10) are that way. The plain facts should be laid upon the table before ANYONE within the establishment or PUBLIC should accuse someone of wrongful doings.

  18. Paragraph 1: “The Union Township Life Squad First Responders held a press conference” Was it all the members or a few? “Many residents gathered at the West Milton Park” define many 4, 14, 40 or 4000? Paragraph 1 and 2 you are quoting “former employees” which most people can assume are “disgruntled” and not the most reliable sources. Paragraph 2 Why does it matter Dewey “spent his whole life in West Milton”? Does that make him a reliable source? The key issue, did you bother to talk to other members of the UTLS to confirm this story? Isn't it common practice when people are fired locks are changed in businesses? And have you seen the complaint letters and talked to Board members for their responses? As for the accident on Iddings Road, did you ever think the Squad could have been on another call…did you bother to check that out? And in your final paragraph, you state “you were informed” by who??? were you informed about people hired recently? Another fired employee?
    If there are problems at UTLS then yes, indeed they need to be addressed. But there are two sides to every story, and your story, Ms. Goodman is blatantly one sided that is geared to cause panic and hysteria. Peoples lives and reputations are at stake here. You must chose your words carefully if you want this site to be referred to as “news” site. You are very close to being what is called “Yellow Journalism.” If you want to just state your personal views, that's fine and you are covered under the First Amendment. But call your site Kathy's Blog, or My Views on Life in West Milton.
    I have several experiences with the Squad in the last few years. Never once did I see any lack of professionalism or fear for my personal safety. If I had to call them tonight, I truly believe I would be in good hands. If there are issues, lets see the proof.

    • “Isn't it common practice when people are fired locks are changed in businesses? “….WOW! Locksmithing sounds like the job field to get into.

  19. What People need to understand is 1 there are a lot of politics involved in EMS and people have to be careful not to get themselves in trouble, they have to have a rock solid case before the can make an accusation, 2 People tend to try to stay on the inside trying to fix things without going public, they feel they can do more good this way, 3 with the power leaders have people are afraid to stand up for fear of being destroyed by the powerful. I can tell you form my first hand experience as a former member of UTLS and (If Jerry goes maybe a future member) this is far from the first time the chief has gone after people, I personally know of around a dozen people including myself who have been targeted in the past as long ago as 10 years ago. Just wait till the stories come out. Many of us previous members who were chased away by Jerry are planning on supporting this effort and we want to share our stories. We all knew years ago that this day would come and we are ready to let the truth come out. I am a Paramedic that put in about 8 years with UTLS including time as Captain. I am an EMS Instructor and I Have been involved in EMS since 1989. Please keep an open mind, when all the stories come out you will see that this needs to happen, and when it does there are from 6 to 12 previous members ready to put in out applications and come back to UTLS, many of us who were chased away by Jerry 5-10 years ago. The public deserves the best EMS and now that things have reached critical mass they are going to get what they deserve. To the members who have been threatened, don't let that scare you away remember this is for the people of Union Twp and I promise you, you have more support than you realize if you don't let yourself be threatened you will win, the only loosing position is to back down. I and many like me didn't have the support from others who were trying to fix things from the inside but now there are enough of us out here. We will give you the support we couldn't get. I will be there Thursday and so will many others. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. I strongly agree. I feel that someone shouldn't be persecuted for something that he felt in the best interest of the squad. To let someone go for reasons that were of possible neglect isn't anything to come down on one person for. Mr Bowerman isn't any kind of tyrant that he's being made out to be. To say being hard on any one would be just the opposite. The job takes alot out of someone to carry the load such as his.The problem with this unit is everyone worries about what's going into their pockets and not coming out of their hearts. Only a hand full of members (not of the MU 10) are that way. The plain facts should be laid upon the table before ANYONE within the establishment or PUBLIC should accuse someone of wrongful doings.

  21. Paragraph 1: “The Union Township Life Squad First Responders held a press conference” Was it all the members or a few? “Many residents gathered at the West Milton Park” define many 4, 14, 40 or 4000? Paragraph 1 and 2 you are quoting “former employees” which most people can assume are “disgruntled” and not the most reliable sources. Paragraph 2 Why does it matter Dewey “spent his whole life in West Milton”? Does that make him a reliable source? The key issue, did you bother to talk to other members of the UTLS to confirm this story? Isn't it common practice when people are fired locks are changed in businesses? And have you seen the complaint letters and talked to Board members for their responses? As for the accident on Iddings Road, did you ever think the Squad could have been on another call…did you bother to check that out? And in your final paragraph, you state “you were informed” by who??? were you informed about people hired recently? Another fired employee?
    If there are problems at UTLS then yes, indeed they need to be addressed. But there are two sides to every story, and your story, Ms. Goodman is blatantly one sided that is geared to cause panic and hysteria. Peoples lives and reputations are at stake here. You must chose your words carefully if you want this site to be referred to as “news” site. You are very close to being what is called “Yellow Journalism.” If you want to just state your personal views, that's fine and you are covered under the First Amendment. But call your site Kathy's Blog, or My Views on Life in West Milton.
    I have had several experiences with the Squad in the last few years. Never once did I see any lack of professionalism or fear for my personal safety. If I had to call them tonight, I truly believe I would be in good hands. If there are issues, lets see the proof.

  22. If UTLS was under such bad management and so bad for the community as stated by Mrs.Nevels, then why didn't she call out to the press before she was put on leave? It seems only after it affected her and a few others did she think is was too bad for the rest of the community.

  23. You don't go straight to the press. You give the board a chance to do their job. They went to the press when they had no other choice. Of course it affects them personally. This is their passion, job, and community. They are fighting for what they feel is right. They are fighting for OUR community. What is so hard for you to understand?

  24. To comment on your statement that you will “see us Thursday at the meeting”. This meeting is for UTLS MEMBERS/EMPLOYEES! This is NOT a meeting for the community and or press. Please allow us to take care of our business. I agree it does concern the entire community, and I'm sure they will be informed of the outcome. Those of us that are not part of the “MU 10” have been put thru hell over this situation. My child informed me today that I was going to be fired after the meeting on Thursday. She heard this on her school bus today. She has been a “Squad kid” for 9 years and is very upset by what she is hearing. I have tried to shield her from it at home, but apparently the MU 10 feel their agenda is more important than anything else. All the issues that we have had at UTLS could have been handled before it came to this point. I question why the MU 10 did not request a follow up meeting with the BOD to demand answers to their questions. Wouldn't that be the next logical step rather than to simply decide to vote them out? If they succeed in their endeavors and put a new BOD in place…..whoever you are……Good Luck….you will need it.

  25. The members of UTLS met with our BOD in February. They have not requested any additional meetings with them. Their agenda has been the same from the beginning and that is to get Chief Bowerman fired. Several members were not informed of the meeting in Feb or of the press conference. That proves to me they did not want to jeopardize their chance of removing him by letting others speak up. They have also repeatedly refused my request for proof of their allegations. I have as much right to that info as they do. If their points are valid they should have no trouble laying their cards on the table. They have given more info to the public/press than they have to their fellow members. If they have proof, then I will allow them to continue in their endeavors without any interference. Everyone wants Chief Bowerman to make a statement. But from the looks of these comments and the bias of the article…who would listen?

  26. What People need to understand is 1 there are a lot of politics involved in EMS and people have to be careful not to get themselves in trouble, they have to have a rock solid case before the can make an accusation, 2 People tend to try to stay on the inside trying to fix things without going public, they feel they can do more good this way, 3 with the power leaders have people are afraid to stand up for fear of being destroyed by the powerful. I can tell you form my first hand experience as a former member of UTLS and (If Jerry goes maybe a future member) this is far from the first time the chief has gone after people, I personally know of around a dozen people including myself who have been targeted in the past as long ago as 10 years ago. Just wait till the stories come out. Many of us previous members who were chased away by Jerry are planning on supporting this effort and we want to share our stories. We all knew years ago that this day would come and we are ready to let the truth come out. I am a Paramedic that put in about 8 years with UTLS including time as Captain. I am an EMS Instructor and I Have been involved in EMS since 1989. Please keep an open mind, when all the stories come out you will see that this needs to happen, and when it does there are from 6 to 12 previous members ready to put in out applications and come back to UTLS, many of us who were chased away by Jerry 5-10 years ago. The public deserves the best EMS and now that things have reached critical mass they are going to get what they deserve. To the members who have been threatened, don't let that scare you away remember this is for the people of Union Twp and I promise you, you have more support than you realize if you don't let yourself be threatened you will win, the only loosing position is to back down. I and many like me didn't have the support from others who were trying to fix things from the inside but now there are enough of us out here. We will give you the support we couldn't get. I will be there Thursday and so will many others. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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