Tiffin Area Safety Council presented its annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 23 at Camden Falls Reception & Conference Center, 2460 S State Route 231, Tiffin. The event was sponsored by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
Captain Louis A. Belluomini and Star-K9 was the guest speaker. Belluomini is to present about PTSD and traumatic brain injury awareness and what the public should know about service dogs. Belluomini served in the Army for nine years as a psychological operations specialist and military police officer during his time in the Army.
After suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a traumatic brain injury, he decided to pursue a treatment plan involving a K9 when medication or counseling didn't completely solve the issues or failed. Belluomini and Star were paired together by K9s for Warriors, a non-profit program out of Florida that connects service dogs with veterans.
Belluomini has worked as a paramedic in the local communities for the past 10 years. He currently works at Hanco EMS in Findlay and as a paramedic at Putnam County EMS in Ottawa. Star is the first dog in the country to actively work on an ambulance with her handler.
Awards were presented by Julie Reynolds, BWC Ergonomics Consultant, and Julie Darby Martin, Ohio Safety Congress Manager. 68 local companies recevied awards based upon their safety achievement in the workplace for calendar year 2018.
All Ohio Safety Councils have the same goal: to increase safety awareness. They provide a forum for occupational safety and health in local communities. Co-sponsors include local chambers of commerce, learning institutions, community organizations or safety service providers. The safety council campaign is open to all companies, corporations, groups and employers in Ohio. The purpose of Safety Council is to reduce occupational accidents and disease by increasing safety awareness.« Back to Blog