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Adult Student Profile

Fall/Winter 2013

Public safety has been in Chris Hafley’s blood for more than three decades.

Hafley is a junior at Tiffin University who is seeking a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a concentration in emergency management.

Hafley, who already had some undergraduate credit from other schools, said it has been tough to go back to school, and he spends a lot of times in the evening doing homework, “I think it’s demanding—especially because I am taking classes full-time,” he said.

Chris is the coordinator for the EMS training program at EHOVE Career Center in Milan, Ohio. He said EHOVE’s paramedic program will soon require coordinators to have a bachelor’s degree.

Hafley, who started at EHOVE around 1997, was an EMS instructor and is a fire instructor. He is going to be teaching a fire safety officer class for the first time.

Retiring in 2013 as a firefighter/paramedic for Tiffin Fire Rescue Division, Chris had worked for the department for 33 years.

He said he loved the job, which was fun, interesting and different every day. He enjoyed working with the others on his crew and said they were like a second family.

“I decided to retire because of changes in the state’s retirement system,” he said.

In August, he started working for Seneca County’s Echo unit, a paramedic unit that supports the county’s ambulances. The 12-hour shifts are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

He also serves as chairman of the Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial committee. He led an effort to obtain a beam from the World Trade Center and picked it up from New York along with Captain Matt Palmer, firefighter/paramedic Gary Amlin and retired firefighter/EMT Mark Wagner.

The beam measures 19 inches by 21 inches by 17 1⁄2 feet in length and weighs 6,268 pounds. It is part of a memorial at Water and North Washington streets near downtown Tiffin.

Also, since 2008, Hafley has been involved as an Ohio advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters “Everyone Goes Home, Courage to be Safe” program, which is a safety awareness program for firefighters to heighten the awareness to firefighters that in the U.S., an average of 100 firefighters die each year in the line of the duty.

Since 2010, he has been involved every October with National Fallen Firefighter Foundation as a family escort at the National Fallen Firefighters memorial service in Emmitsburg, Maryland. As a family escort, he is assigned to a family who has lost a firefighter in the line of duty and is responsible for making sure their needs are taken care of for that weekend’s activity.