Two members of the City of Columbus Department of Public Safety will be honored during a 12:00 pm ceremony on Thursday, September 22, 2011 by the Central Columbus Civitan Club.
Columbus Fire Lieutenant Jeffrey J. Geitter and Columbus Police Sergeant Jeff Henry will receive the Annual Civitan Badge of Honor Award aboard the Santa Maria located at Battelle Riverfront Park, 25 Marconi Boulevard in Columbus, Ohio. Civitan Chairperson Larry N. McVay, Jr., will make the presentation.
The Central Columbus Civitan Club asks supervisors from the Divisions of Police and Fire to select individuals based on the Civitan Award criteria. The recipients must regularly demonstrate a spirit of cooperation, problem-solving abilities, community involvement, commitment to their professional oaths and regular performance above and beyond the call of duty. These two individuals clearly represent these characteristics.  According to McVay, “Firefighters and Police Officers regularly uphold the mission of the Civitan International Service, knowledge, and fellowship. As a result, we believe that honoring these professionals is an appropriate and meaningful tribute.”
Columbus Fire Lieutenant Jeffrey Geitter began his fire career in the Buffalo, New York area. He later moved to the Columbus area and joined the Columbus Division of Fire in May 1996. He has held assignments on Engine 6, Engine 17 and Engine 19 and is currently assigned to the Fire Alarm Office.  Lieutenant Geitter is also a member of the Division’s Honor Guard and the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in November 1999 and 2007.
Lieutenant Geitter was nominated for this award for his work as a paramedic and his assistance in the implementation of the new computer aided dispatch system (CAD).  He has taken a specific interest in making the mobile data terminals user friendly for the firefighters on the street.
Lieutenant Geitter is 1989 graduate of Lancaster New York High School and went on to attend Erie Community College and the University of Cincinnati. In his spare time he is an assistant Coach for the Columbus Capitals Youth Hockey and has coached youth baseball and football in the past.  He and his wife Donna share two children, son Dane, 13 and daughter, Shea, 12. He and his family reside in Worthington.
Sergeant Jeff Henry joined the Columbus Division of Police in 1980 as a Fingerprint Technician but later joined the training academy to become a police officer in 1986. As an officer he worked assignments in Patrol on precincts 9, 6 and 10 before moving to the Detective Bureau and the Crime Scene Search Unit in 1993. Since being promoted to sergeant in 1997, he has worked assignments on Zone 3, the Community Liaison Unit and the Internal Affairs Bureau.
Sergeant Henry was not only nominated because of his dedication to the Division but for his active support of Special Olympics.  He is one of the senior investigator's in the Internal Affairs Bureau, has trained other sergeants within the bureau and assists other investigators who seek his advice on cases.  Sergeant Henry has a reputation for being fair, thorough and impartial.  These characteristics are consistent with the mission of the Internal Affairs Bureau in providing the citizens of Columbus and the employees of the Division of Police with the most accurate and objective investigations possible.  
Since 1987, Sergeant Henry has been an active participant in the Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. He has run approximately nine to ten miles each year and now is combining riding and bicycling.  For the past ten years, he has been an organizer and committee member with the Cincinnati to Columbus leg of the Torch Run and has secured volunteer runners. Volunteers agree to raise a minimum donation of $25.00 for participating in the run.  In 2010, over $500,000.00 was raised for Ohio Special Olympics.  The donations raised have provided sports training and competition opportunities for individuals with mental retardation.  Special Olympics is a source of pride and inspiration for the participants and supporters of the Torch Run and over 16,000 athletes participate in the Ohio Special Olympics.  Participating and organizing the Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics has been a very rewarding experience for Sergeant Henry and he has been able to network with law enforcement personnel from other agencies and improve his organizational skills.  His personal commitment to the Special Olympics is to be commended and is most appreciated.




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