Glenn Trudo is one of those increasingly rare individuals who is dedicated to protecting the lives and well being of family and friends, as well as the community and region he has long called home-the Belmont County area.
He has been selected as the individual to be featured in the March 2012 "Hey, that's My Neighbor" highlight.
Trudo is first and foremost a dedicated and loving husband to his wife, Staci, and father to their two children, Garrett and Sydni.
Glenn Trudo, this month’s Neighbor, teaches a group of children basic first aid. In addition to connection with area fire departments as a firefighter, Trudo’s skills also include EMT and paramedic training. As the director of operations at Belmont College, he somehow finds time to serve as the operations chief for the Belmont County Emergency Management Agency. Trudo stresses the importance of volunteering. “Help us help you — the public. If you’re not capable or available to answer calls, there are all kinds of other things we need help with,” said Trudo.
His connection to the importance of participating in and supporting local firefighting efforts and departments was introduced to this type of service at an early age - something he has already begun to enjoy sharing with his son and daughter as they can often be found accompanying him as he teaches CPR classes, first aid classes, or reports to the Belmont County Emergency Management Agency's headquarters where he serves as Operations Chief.
His father, Ed Trudo Sr., first became personally acquainted with the importance of establishing and maintaining well trained fire prevention and control efforts while in the U.S. Navy. It was a tradition of service he continued to follow as a young family man living in Tiltonsville, where he served as an active member of the Tiltonsville Volunteer Fire Department for a number of years.
It would ultimately prove to be a proud legacy of service to his family and his community that he would see take root in his son, Glenn, whose career in firefighting and as a paramedic have seen him tapped to be one of the first paid members of the Cumberland Trail Department after having started as a local volunteer firefighter for that area.
Today, his formal connection to a department as a firefighter is with the Colerain Fire Company.
But his family's tradition of volunteerism and service does not stop with him.
The foundation for the next generation's path of service to family, friends and community is already taking shape under the watchful eye and excellent guidance of both Glenn and Staci, who is herself a highly successful registered nurse, paramedic and a card carrying firefighter.
A personal and professional commitment to emergency and disaster prevention and preparedness has long been key to the focus of his personal and professional pursuits both for individuals and for communities throughout the local region.
Trudo's career brought him to what is now known as Belmont College where he is the director of operations. Essentially, he is the guy charged with keeping everything operating smoothly on a day-to-day basis at the school's three campuses.
But that explanation really does not reflect the scope of the things he chooses to do that have, and continue to make life safer for us all.
In truth, residents of this area have neighbors like Trudo to thank for the many sacrifices they and their loved ones make - more often than not on a volunteer basis - to do what they can to prevent fires, reduce the number and severity of emergencies and lessen the harm inflicted on people's lives when disaster and emergency situations do occur.
Trudo's early connections to what was then Belmont Technical College, largely centered on his desire to acquire training offered there to students which included firefighting classes, EMT and paramedic training and the like.
He pursued the knowledge and skills offered through the local school in these specialized skilled areas, and eventually came to be responsible for coordinating and leading many of the seminars and classes tied to the certification and recertification processes mandated for firefighters and other emergency responders.
His early interests in helping keep others safe from injury or harm in general came from outside influences as well, with legendary Ohio State Football Coach Woody Hayes, who he saw as an avid practitioner of the "pay it forward" approach to life in general.
Today he is still often seen putting just that kind of dedication to his community's well being into practice as he frequently volunteers at special community events or athletic competitions in the area as an emergency responder on standby at the event, a practice many benefit from especially considering his college education as an athletic trainer and the five years he worked for the Pittsburgh Pirates in that capacity.
Having the benefit of a lifetime of service to draw on when asked what it is that those who appreciate the dedication shown by local firefighters, emergency responders and their loved ones can do to be supportive of those ongoing efforts, his answer had universal appeal.
"Help us help you - the public. If you're not capable or available to answer calls, there are all kinds of other things we need help with. There are all kinds of skills needed behind the scenes that can help the firefighters. The thing that can easily be forgotten is these are businesses, so we can always use help with fund-raising efforts and things like helping to feed firefighters at a scene. Anything people can do to help make it possible for us to answer calls is appreciated," he shared.
"Most of the people who respond to fires and other emergencies in our area here are volunteers. It is the sort of service not just taken on by the person responding to a fire or emergency call, but by an entire family," he offered. "We will always do the best we can. That's something people can count on."
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