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Oakwood Safety Department adds 3 to roster

The Oakwood Safety Department has recently added three new safety officers to its squad. The trio was sworn in by Mayor Judy Cook at the Dec. 18 meeting of the Oakwood City Council.

Pictured, left to right: Officer Alan Hill, Officer Tiffany Conley, Oakwood Police Chief Alex Bebris and Officer Bruce Upchurch.

Officer Tiffany Conley hails originally from Pittsburgh, Pa. She has had eight and a half years with the Dayton Police Department and attended the University of Dayton on a basketball scholarship. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in sociology. She has been with the Oakwood Safety Department since July.

Officer Alan Hill was born in Terre Haute, Ind., although he was raised in Kettering and attended Fairmont High School, graduating in 1993. He has 10 years experience with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office where he worked in patrol investigations and taught at the Sheriff’s Training Center. He is married and his wife, Lisa, is a registered nurse and supervisor at an area hospital. Hill has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Columbia Southern University and an associates degree in Police Science from Sinclair Community College.

Officer Bruce Upchurch was born in the Phillipines and lived there until he was twelve years old. His parents were missionaries and he has lived all over the world at different times in his early life. He attended Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeney, Iowa and finished up at local Cedarville College with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He worked at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office for the past 16 and a half years: four and half years at the county jail, eight years as a canine handler, a member of the Greene County SWAT team for eight years including being Team Leader for two years and patrol sergeant for four years. He also was a sniper for two years as well. He is married to wife, Tina, and has four children.  

All three officers began their training at the Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg, Ohio on July 15 and graduated on Aug. 31. They returned to the Fire Academy for EMT training from Sept. 10 until Oct. 5.

The addition of the trio brings Oakwood back up to a full-force contingent of 25 officers, five lieutenants, two captains and one chief.

Oakwood sisters share Spirit of Christmas 

On Saturday, Dec. 15, Taylor and Hayley Roeckner played a major part in the annual Dayton Lodge #147 Christmas Party at the Dayton Masonic Center for young children from a church in East Dayton. For over five years Taylor and Hayley have assisted Santa in making sure each child received a gift, and they helped in the pizza party that followed. This event was attended by 40 young children. Taylor is a senior and Hayley is a sophomore at Oakwood High School.

Little Exchange closed for renovations

Beginning Dec. 27, The Little Exchange will be closed until February 4 for renovations.  In 2006, The Little Exchange launched a very successful Sticks and Bricks Campaign to restore the late 1800s era Victorian farmhouse in which The Little Exchange is located.  To date, the improvements to the shop include new windows, a new roof, upgraded electrical work, new doors and railings and new heating and air conditioning.  In order to proceed through the next phase of renovation, The Little Exchange must close for the month of January.  This phase will include upgrades to the interior walls and floors.

The store manager, Judy Washburn, will be on site during the renovations to help customers with gifts from the bridal registries.  To contact The Little Exchange, call    299-1561.

If you missed your OCC Calendar… 

The new 2008 Oakwood Community Center calendar was delivered with last week’s Oakwood Register. If your copy of the Register did not contain a calendar, call us or come to the Register office at 435 Patterson Rd. Extra copies are available.

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