Local honored for service

Members of a local committee and agency honored one of their own with a plaque after his recent retirement.

Herb Sudemann, who was a member of the Auglaize County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), recently retired and was presented with an award recognizing his years of service by LEPC Chair and Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites.

Sudemann, who was a member of LEPC for the past 15 years, was a volunteer at the Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), where he helped EMA Director Troy Anderson. Anderson noted Sudemann was an asset and a dependable member not only for LEPC, but also the EMA.

“I’ve known Herb for nine years, and he did some work and helped my agency out as a volunteer,” Anderson said. “Working with him was enjoyable. He was alway upbeat and uplifting.”

Sudemann was an assistant deputy with the EMA.

Anderson said he will miss Sudemann, as he was always sincere about helping others.

“He is always true to helping residents of Auglaize County,” Anderson said. “When it comes to disasters — which is what we help with — he took that whole heartedly to help those people. Someone like him is hard to find. I’ll miss him as far as having him here.”

Sudemann also noted he will miss helping out with EMA and LEPC needs.

Sudemann, who retired as a manufacturing engineer at the Lima Tank Plant in 1994, began helping out with the two groups after retirement.

He was also involved on the Buckland Fire Department and Bath Fire Department.

His duties with the LEPC and EMA included inspections and working with a  radio group, to name a few.

“I pretty much helped with everything,” Sudemann said.

Sudemann, who is 74, said he retired because of medical reasons, but he said he hopes one day those issues will get better and he will be able to help out again.

“I want to come back,” said Sudemann, who resides in Wapakoneta with his wife, Sandra. “I really enjoy working with Troy.”

He and Anderson had worked together for a number of years, and did many facility inspections of buildings in Auglaize County.

“I miss it,” Sudemann said.

Krites, along with the rest of the members of LEPC, thanked Sudemann for his years of service during the bi-monthly LEPC meeting on Wednesday morning.

“He was a great asset to LEPC,” Krites said.