By Susan Tebben
The township trustees spent the bulk of their meeting approving a promotion and accepting donations.
Trustees promoted Tim Heitzer, a member of the Austintown Fire Department since 1980, to lieutenant. Heitzer was chosen after a promotional exam and unanimous vote by a panel of fire-department personnel, said fire Chief Andy Frost III.
“He has spent a lot of time in the officer’s seat. When the other lieutenants would be off, he would take over as acting lieutenant,” Frost said.
Also at Monday’s meeting, trustees accepted a donation from Lane Lifetrans representatives of an automated external defibrillator, or AED, to the Austintown Senior Center on Westchester Drive.
The AED, which is used in emergency situations such as cardiac arrest, will be wired into the fire alarm system of the senior center so 911 dispatchers will be notified if the door to the unit is opened, signaling an emergency event.
“This system talks you right through the process,” said Randy Pugh, vice president and chief officer for Lane Lifetrans. “Obviously, people will be nervous when they are using this ... [but] it really is foolproof.”
The senior center has been working to try to get a device like this at the center “with the hope that we’ll never have to use it,” said Jim Henshaw, senior-center director.
“I know it’s going to offer a great peace of mind to the senior center,” Trustee Lisa Oles said.
Another donation was made by a trustee as a way to encourage students to follow in a path he took.