COLUMBUS GROVE — Two ladder trucks from Ottawa and Perry Fire
Departments were set up Monday at the intersection of High and Sycamore
Streets in Columbus Grove. The trucks were set up to pay tribute to Sue
Williams, Ottawa, who passed away Thursday morning.
As one co-worker said, “Your paper isn’t big enough to say all the nice things that could be said about Sue.”
had been a dispatch supervisor for the Putnam County Sheriff’s
Department for 28 years and also served as a paramedic with the
Ottawa-Glandorf EMS for 33 years, Putnam County Office of Public Safety,
and Perry Township Fire Department in Allen County.
“Even when I
was a deputy, Sue was more than a co-worker, she was everybody’s
friend,” said Putnam County Sheriff Mike Chandler. Chandler said
Williams was a walking Rolodex of information. “She knew addresses and
phone numbers off the top of her head,” he indicated.
“We are just
at the tip of the iceberg of the effect of losing Sue,” Chandler said.
“She had a lot of information and it will be hard to replace her
Chandler said as the district supervisor she was like a training officer and took everybody under her wing.
her service as an Ottawa-Glandorf Medic, as Unit 301 with Putnam County
EMS and as a CPR instructor, we’ll never know how many lives she
touched,” said Anita Stechschulte, Putnam County EMS Chief said.
“I’m certain she had no idea the impact she had on the people of Putnam County. She certainly impacted her fellow EMTs.”
true dedication and life was about taking care of others and committing
to making our lives better and safer while being the best mom, friend,
sister, aunt, co-worker, Medic, teacher, dispatcher, supervisor, mentor,
and babysitter anyone could have or ask for,” said former sheriff Jim
A line of fire trucks, EMS vehicles, and law enforcement
representatives from Putnam and surrounding counties took part in the
procession from St. John Methodist Church in Columbus Grove to Truro
Cemetery on SR 12 in Columbus Grove.
At the cemetery Williams was
given a 21-gun salute and service by the Putnam County Honor Guard. Life
Flight also did a full salute and flyover at the cemetery during the
Williams was also a member of the Allen County
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, the National Emergency
Numbering Association, the Ohio Chapter of the Association of Public
Safety Communications Officials and Putnam County Peace Officers.
was not only there to help others as an EMT, she was also the voice
that guided all of us over the radio whenever people needed help,”
George Lane, Elida, commented trying to convey the impact Williams made
as a dispatcher.
“She was in the business of saving lives,”
Sheriff Chandler said. “In the past we could call her and ask questions.
Now that is not the case.”