At the awards banquet and dinner on November 20, 2019, the VFW Post 7647 recognized the 2019 North Olmsted Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year.
Bob Wagner began his law enforcement career with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Division of Police. He joined the North Olmsted Police Department as a patrolman in 1998. Wagner has had a history of notable accomplishments as part of the NOPD. He was an original member of the K-9 program in 2001. He and his partner Rico worked together tracking suspects, seizing drugs, making arrests and working as a WEB SWAT K-9 team member.
In 2010 Wagner was promoted to Sergeant where he became a patrol supervisor. Fellow officers say he always made himself accessible to them, never hesitating to offer assistance or giving guidance and direction. In 2013, Wagner was assigned to be the Detective Bureau Supervisor. Under his supervision, his fellow Detectives saw positive impacts including closing more cases, gaining more convictions and serving justice to victims of crime.
In 2017, Wagner was selected to become the City’s 10th Police Chief. Through Chief Wagner’s leadership, he has implemented 12 hours shifts, brought back the K-9 program, increased personnel, authorized outer carrier protection for his officers and implemented common sense uniform policies. In 2018, Chief Wagner was selected to attend the highly prestigious FBI National Academy. Upon his graduation, Chief Wagner continued on the path of leading his officers and department members forward, “To Protect and Serve” our many residents, businesses and visitors to the City. According to his fellow officers and department employees, Chief Wagner is a true leader and exemplifies the best traits in a police officer.
Giles “Frank” Selig is a 10-year veteran of the North Olmsted Fire Department assigned to B-Shift. As a valuable member of the Fire Department, Selig regularly responds to Fire and EMS emergencies. Selig’s skill set extends far beyond firefighting and emergency medical response. He also serves as an active member of the Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue Team and is a member of the Fire Department’s Swift Water Rescue Team.
Selig was specifically recognized for his professionalism and performance in the delivery of a baby girl on the evening of June 23, 2019 during transport from a local restaurant to the hospital emergency room. Selig’s calm and professional actions, as part of an excellent team effort, are to be commended.