People Week of 9/07/20

Staff writer

Good Samaritan in Oregon

A resident of Fleitz Drive in Oregon contacted The Press recently with an anecdote that she said shows “awesome acts of kindness” still happen.
The woman asked that her name not be printed.
“A few weeks ago I went to a local store to purchase garden items. When the cashier put my check through it didn’t clear. She put it through again and it still didn’t clear. I was confused and embarrassed, not knowing what to do.
“The young man behind me asked how much it was. I was speechless and he said soflty, ‘I’ll cover it.’ I still just stood there, not knowing what to do as the line grew longer. He again said, ‘I’ll cover it. I’ll pay for you.’
“It was a heart-warming and reassuring feeling that a kind stranger would come to my rescue. It happened so fast I never got his name, but he is my American Idol and a Good Samaritan. I thank him and promise to be someone else’s Good Samaritan.”

New Ohio Wildlife Officer assigned to Sandusky County
Charles McMullen, 28, of Martinsburg, has been assigned as the new Ohio wildlife officer in Sandusky County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Officer McMullen is one of 12 Ohio wildlife officer cadets who have undergone training and were sworn in as commissioned wildlife officers during a virtual graduation ceremony on Aug. 21.
Officer McMullen graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology and a minor in criminal justice. During his down time, Officer McMullen enjoys hunting, fishing, birding, hiking, rock climbing and reading.
Besides the 17-week Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training, the cadets had eight weeks of specialized wildlife officer training by the Division of Wildlife. In addition to wildlife law enforcement procedures and agency policies, the cadets received training in areas of wildlife and fisheries management, communications, outdoor education, all-terrain vehicle operation, hunter safety, and advanced firearms and self-defense topics.
As a wildlife officer, McMullen has statewide authority to enforce wildlife regulations and protect state lands, waterways and property. He also contributes to public safety both locally in Sandusky County and in Ohio’s vast outdoors. Each year, Ohio’s wildlife officers speak to hundreds of clubs and groups about conservation and wildlife programs; perform fish and wildlife surveys; and provide technical advice and instruction about hunting, fishing and other outdoor-related recreation.
Officer McMullen is now in the field and will continue his training by working with experienced wildlife officers during the next six months.


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