The Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars recently presented Owosso Fire Department Capt. Steve Chapko with its Public Service Award for EMT/Paramedic of the Year. The award was presented during the 100th VFW state convention in Flint. From left are VFW State Commander Phil Patterson, Chapko and Jessica Wright, safety director for the VFW. Chapko was honored for his commitment and dedication to the Owosso Fire Department and for his work with the Shiawassee Regional Education Service District (SRESD). Chapko is the lead paramedic instructor for the SRESD EMT class for high school students in Shiawassee County who are interested in the field. Chapko organized the year-long curriculum to meet the state standards, while providing hands-on education. More than 20 students from across Shiawassee County attend on a regular basis.

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