Westlake welcomes two new firefighters

Westlake Mayor Dennis M. Clough swears in firefighter Ryan Nerkowski on Nov. 9, as Westlake Fire Chief Jim Hughes and and Assistant Fire Chief Mike Freeman look on.

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough administered the oath of office to two new firefighters the week of Nov. 9.

The week began with the swearing in of Ryan Nerkowski, who previously served as a part-time firefighter for Oakwood Village and Seven Hills. His former commanding officer, Oakwood Village Fire Chief James Schade, did the honor of pinning Nerkowski's new badge to his uniform during the ceremony.

Nerkowski wasn't the city's least-tenured employee for long.

Three days later, Mayor Clough swore in Sean McLaughlin, making him the city's newest firefighter.

"We are fortunate in Westlake to have a really great fire department," Mayor Clough said, moments before swearing in Nerkowski. "And the reason we have it is because we pick good people, and they are dedicated people. They feel good about the career they have chosen and they make a positive difference."

Both firefighters took their respective oaths of office in front of friends, family and colleagues in a pair of small ceremonies at Westlake City Hall.

Robert Rozboril

I handle Public Relations matters and website content for the City of Westlake.

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 9:21 AM, 11.17.2020