The Honor Guard were part of the services for Sue Williams. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
The Honor Guard were part of the services for Sue Williams. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

 

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.”

Williams 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 expertise.”

Chandler said as the district supervisor she was like a training officer and took everybody under her wing.

“Through 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.”

“Her 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 Beutler.

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 burial service.

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.

“Sue 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.”