Matt Schenek has been named 2022 Knights of Columbus Firefighter of the Year.
A Strongsville firemedic for more than 15 years, Schenek is activie in the training, education and mentorship of new recruits.
He also created the Fire Academy for Kids, a hugely popular summer event that lets kids participate in hands-on firefighting activities during a day-long camp.
His nomination letter also points to his work ethic, leadership abilities and dependability.
"FF Schenek possesses the traits all firefighters should have: the ability to stay calm under pressure, self-motivation, decisiveness, the ability to work well with little supervision and the ability to take charge when needed," the nomination says. "Schenek's efforts, energy and expertise have increased the department's overall cababilities."
PHOTO: Schenek, left, former fire chief Jeff Branic (representing the Knights of Columbus), and Fire Chief Jack Draves.