OAPFF PEER Supporters

  • The OAPFF Peer Support Team consists of approximately 30 firefighters from all 5 Ohio districts who have been trained in providing emotional and mental health support to our union brother and sister firefighters in the state of Ohio.  OAPFF Peer Supporters have all received the IAFF Peer Support Training.

  • The OAPFF Peer Support Team may provide assistance to both active and retired firefighters who may be experiencing behavioral health and/or addiction issues.

  • The Peer Support Team may also assist Locals after a potentially traumatic event.

  • Peer Support Team Members act as a bridge to outside definitive behavioral health and/or addiction treatment.  Peer Support Members are knowledgeable in local, regional, and state mental health resources.

  • Research shows that firefighters are more likely to accept treatment recommendations and assistance from peers.

Scroll this page to find a Peer Supporter in your area. Feel free to reach out and contact one if you need assistance.  They are there to help.

Need Immediate Help?

If you are having a crisis and in need of immediate assistance, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

District-1

Ben Nutter, Tiffin Local 322

Phone: 419-618-1265
Ben Nutter

Ben lives in Tiffin Ohio with his wife of 25 years and their 14 year old son and 11 year old daughter.

Eric Sherman, Toledo Local 92

Phone: 567-343-1810
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Eric L. Sherman – Age 59 – 29yrs with Toledo Fire – Currently serve as EAP Coordinator For Toledo Fire – Currently Studying to become a Certified EAP Coordiantor. – Rank – Private

Meredith Hill, Toledo Local 92

Phone: 419-467-4930
Meredith Hill - Section-1 PEER Supporter

Meredith has been a firefighter/paramedic for the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department since 2002. She has been married to her husband Glenn for 15 years who is also a Toledo Firefighter.

Link Briggs Sr., Mansfield Local 266

Phone: 419-610-9712
Link Briggs Sr.

Link Briggs Sr has been a Mansfield Local 266 Fire Fighter for over 25 years. He has been the Fire Chaplain for 13 years and is the Assistant Pastor at the First Baptist Family Center.

District-2

Jamie Starcher, Norwalk Local 1199

Phone: 419-681-1241
Jamie Starcher
Jamie Starcher is a 24 year veteran of Norwalk Fire Department and a proud member of IAFF Local 1199. He is a Fire/EMS Inspector/Instructor, Hazmat Tech, and Rescue Tech.

Adam Reichman, Euclid Local 337

Phone: 216-577-6959
Adam Reichmann

Hello, My name is Adam Reichman. I’m 42 years old and have 18 years with the City of Euclid Fire Department. I’m married and have two grown children who no longer live with my wife and I.

Don Fobean, Barberton Local 329

Phone: 330-352-7412
Don Fobean

Don Fobean has served on the Barberton Fire Department for over 30 years. Don currently holds the rank of Captain / Paramedic working at Barberton Fire Station #1 as the B Shift Commander.

Steve Nash, Solon Fire Local 2079

Phone: 440-479-7307
Steve Nash

Steve Nash has lived in the Willoughby, Ohio area all of his life. Fortunate to know that the Fire / EMS field was his chosen career path, he started in to the service at 16 years old in 1981.

Kevin Kelley, Cleveland Fire Local 93

Phone: 216-701-5568
Kevin Kelley

Kevin Kelley joined the Cleveland Fire Department in 1997. He is currently the EAP representative/liason for Local 93. He lives with his wife and two sons in Bay Village.

216.701.5568.

Matt Askea, Akron Fire Local 330

Phone: 330-612-6101
Matt Askea

Matt Askea works has been with Akron Fire Department for over 13 years. He is currently a Lieutenant on Engine 8, on Akron’s east side.

Carl J. Mack, Elyria Fire Local 474

Phone: 440-897-5968
Carl Mack

Carl has been a fire fighter in Elyria, Ohio for 22 years. Currently an Assistant Chief, Carl is divorced with two children and lives in Amherst.

District-3

Chad Zambori, Cumberland Trail Local 3667

Phone: 740-296-0031
Chad Zambori

My name is Chad Zambori and I am a Lieutenant at Cumberland Trail Fire District. I also hold the position of President in Local 3667.

Tracey Wright, Youngstown Local 312

Phone: 330-507-2725
Tracey Wright

Tracey began a career in EMS in 1989, became a paramedic in 1991, and was appointed to Youngstown Fire Department in 1993. She currently serves as a Captain.

Mike Peel, Jackson Twp Local 2280

Phone: 330-324-7739
Mike Peel

My name is Mike Peel. I was lucky enough to be born on September 11th (the kind of luck I have) in the year 1970.

Brian Garber, Canton Local 249

Phone: 330-801-0236
Brian Garber

Brian Garber began in the fire service as a volunteer in 1998. He became a paramedic in 2004 and appointed to the City of Canton Fire Department in 2007.

Scott Elliott, Cambridge Local 910

Phone: 740-680-6237
Scott Elliott

Scott Elliott is an Engineer with the Cambridge Fire Department, on the job for seventeen years. He also currently serves as the V.P. for the Cambridge Firefighters Local 910.

District-4

Miles Cook, Hamilton Fire Local 20

Phone: 513-477-1597
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Professional Fire Fighter/EMT 19 years with the City of Hamilton.

Nick Overman, Dayton Fire Local 136

Phone: 937-602-2512
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Nick Overman is the Safety Captain for the Dayton Fire Department. Nick began his career in the fire service in 2000, joining the Dayton Fire Department a year later in 2001.

Mike Gorman, Hamilton Local 20

Phone: 513-477-9293
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Mike Gorman has been with the Hamilton Fire Department since November 2014 after 5 years with the City of Memphis Fire Department.

Rich Goforth, Springfield Local 333

Phone: 937-631-3789
Rich Goforth

Rich Goforth is a member of the Springfield Professional Firefighters, local 333.

Jason Callihan, Hamilton Fire Local 20

Phone: 513-309-0832
Jason Calihan

Jason has been with the Hamilton Fire Department for 12 years. He has been an ordained minister for 5 years.

District-5

Dave Gerold, Columbus Fire Local 67

Phone: 740-815-6429
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Dave has been with Columbus Fire since 1999, serving as a Paramedic/Firefighter. He is also a peer for the Columbus CISM Team, becoming a member in 2009.

Jim Sancin, Columbus Fire Local 67

Phone: 614-226-0849
Jim Sancin

Jim Sancin has been with Columbus Fire since 1998. During the past 20 years, he has served as a paramedic and currently a Captain for 4 years.

Mindy Gabriel, Upper Arlington Fire Local 1521

Phone: 614-348-0271
Mindy Gabriel

Mindy Gabriel currently serves as Fire Fighter/Paramedic for the Upper Arlington Fire Division. Mindy has been in the fire service for the past 15 years.

Heith Good, Norwich Twp Fire Local 1723

Phone: 740-207-0819
Heith Good

Heith Good is a Fire Fighter/Paramedic with the Norwich Township Fire Department in Hilliard, Ohio and has 20 years experience in the Fire Service beginning in his hometown of Ashville, Ohio with t

Brett Bowen, Violet Twp Fire Local 3558

Phone: 614-402-8215
Brett Bowen

Brett is a Lieutenant with the Violet Township Fire Department in Pickerington, Ohio. Brett has been the president of IAFF L3558 for the past 7 years.

Morgan Wellman, Norwich Twp Fire Local 1723

Phone: 614-595-8561
Morgan Wellman

Morgan currently serves as a Fire Fighter/Paramedic for the Norwich Township Fire Department in Hilliard, OH.