Fire Department Staff

Fire Chief

Patrick T. Connor, Fire Chief

Chief Connor is a 28-year veteran of the Newark, OH Fire Department. Throughout his career, he has been assigned to nearly every position the department offered.

Notably, he served on the Hazardous Materials Response and Dive and Rescue Teams. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004, Captain in 2007, Assistant Chief in 2012, and Fire Chief in 2015. He is a certified paramedic and spent 4 years as a flight paramedic locally as well.
Chief Connor  has an Associate’s degree in Fire/EMS technology from Hocking College and Bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Management and Leadership from Franklin University. He is also a graduate of the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association’s Ohio Fire Executive Program OFE Class 15.
Chief Connor is a fire instructor, fire inspector (CFSI), Credentialed Ohio Fire Chief OFC, Arson investigator, Haz-Mat Technician, swift water and rope technician, and open water diver. He is most proud of his time in the United States ARMY Reserves from 1991-1999.

He is a past President of the Licking County Fire Chiefs Association and serves on three local public safety educational advisory committees. He is a member of the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. In 2009, he received the Mayor’s Commendation Life Saving Award and is a recipient of the American Legion Post #804 Firefighter of the Year 2008-2009.

When not working, he enjoys the outdoors, playing golf, and softball. He has been married to his wife Kelly for 25 years. They have 3 wonderful children, Bryson, Chase, Regan, and two grandchildren, Avery and Declan.
Chief Connor  plans on continuing his career for several more years.

Battalion Chiefs

Kevin Sponaugle, Battalion Chief

Battalion Chief Kevin Sponaugle was the Valedictorian of the New Albany High School graduating class of 1989, and holds an Associates of Technical Studies in EMS & Fire Science from Columbus State Community College. Kevin joined the department as a volunteer firefighter in the summer of 1990 while attending The Ohio State University. He was hired fulltime in January 1992, and received his Ohio Paramedic certification that same year from Columbus State Community College. Kevin was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in December 1995, and promoted to the rank of Captain in August 2005. He was honored with the Firefighter of the Year award in 1999. Kevin is certified as a Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Investigator, and Fire Instructor, and EMS Continuing Education Instructor. Kevin is also an OPOTA certified law enforcement officer, and has been proudly serving as an Auxilliary Deputy Sheriff with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office since June 1997. In his spare time, Kevin volunteers with the Gahanna Special Olympics group, where he helps coach the Bowling and Track & Field teams. Kevin resides in Reynoldsburg with his wife and 3 of his 4 children.

Travis Dudley, Battalion Chief

Battalion Chief Dudley has 31 years of fire service experience with 28 years dedicated to Plain Township Fire Department. In 1991, his career started in Genoa Township as a volunteer and continued until being hired by Plain Township in 1995. Over the years, he has progressed through the ranks and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2005 and Captain in 2013.

Chief Dudley graduated from Westerville North High School and Northwest Career Center in 1991 where he obtained his Firefighter 2 certification. He continued his education at Columbus State Community College where he obtained his Basic EMT and Paramedic Certifications. Hehas an Associate Degree in Applied Science and an Associate Degree in Fire Science, both from his time at Columbus State Community College. Chief Dudley holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene College. He currently resides in Westerville with his wife Heidi and has three daughters: Taylor, Brooke, and Jamie.

Greg Ecleberry, Battalion Chief

Battalion Chief Gregory Ecleberry has 28 years of fire service experience. BC Ecleberry served as a firefighter/paramedic for Newark Township(Newark OH) and Franklin Township(Columbus OH) prior to being hired by Plain Township in 1995. BC Ecleberry was promoted to Lieutenant in 2001 and Captain in 2005, and has served as the Plain Township fire training officer since 2001.

BC Ecleberry is a fire service instructor of 16 years and teaches officer development and firefighter training at CTEC and served on the Ohio Fire Chiefs training and education committee. BC Ecleberry has an associate degree in Fire Science and EMS, a bachelor’s degree in public safety management, and is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive class 7.

BC Ecleberry resides in New Albany with his wife Amy and two sons Andrew and Brandon.

Captains

Brian Reasoner, Captain

Captain Brian Reasoner graduated from Grandview High School in 1998. He went on to earn his Paramedic Certification and Firefighter Two Certification from Columbus State Community College as well as completing his certification as a Rescue Technician. Brian began his career as a part time firefighter with Plain Township Fire Department in 2002. He also worked part time with Washington Township Fire until he became a full time Firefighter/Paramedic with Plain Township. Brian is also a Paramedic Preceptor instructor with Columbus State as well as a CPR instructor.

Chris Pabst, Captain

Captain Pabst resides in Gahanna Ohio with his wife and two children. He is a 1996 graduate of Northland High School. He obtained his firefighter certification from the Northwest Career Center in 1996 and his Paramedic certification from the Franklin County Firefighters Paramedic program at Grant Medical Center in 1999.

Captain Pabst began his fire service career with Plain Township in July 1997 as a part-time firefighter and was hired full time in February 2001. In addition to Plain Township Lt Pabst has worked at Clinton Township as a firefighter/paramedic, St. Albans Township as a firefighter/paramedic, and Truro Township as a firefighter/paramedic. He is currently an adjunct fire instructor at Columbus State Community College.
Captain Pabst is a fire instructor, rescue technician, member of the Central Ohio Strike Team, and fire investigator.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, fishing, hunting, and watching sports.

Todd Moore, Captain

Captain Todd Moore was born and raised in Johnstown, Ohio and is a 1990 graduate from Johnstown-Monroe High School. He started his firefighting career in 1992 with the Johnstown Volunteer Fire Department. That same year he obtained his Firefighter II Certification and then his Paramedic Certification in 1995. In 1997, Todd began working full-time at the Jerome Township Fire Department while also working as a part time firefighter with Plain Township.  In 2001, He transitioned to a full-time career firefighter with the Plain Township Fire Department.

Captain Moore is a Certified Rescue Technician, Fire Instructor, Fire Inspector and a member of the Central Ohio Strike Team, Region 4. In addition, he holds Fire Officer I and II certifications.

In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports, coaching baseball, and vacationing with family in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Captain Moore resides in Johnstown with his wife Liz and their two children, Makayla and Dylan.

Lieutenants

Jason Moore, Lieutenant

Lieutenant Jason Moore first moved to central Ohio in 1998 to attend Denison University in Granville. While attending Denison University Jason was a 4-year letter winner on the football team and began his fire service career as a volunteer with the Granville Volunteer Fire Department. After graduating with his BA in History he was a junior high social studies teacher while completing his paramedic program and garnishing additional experience as a part time firefighter for both West Licking Fire Department and the Marysville Division of Fire.

Jason became a full time Firefighter/Paramedic for the Plain Township Fire Department in 2004. He has continuously displayed a passion for training and became a fire instructor to pass along his knowledge and experience. As a Rescue Technician and Structural Collapse Specialist Jason serves as the Assistant Team Leader of the Central Ohio Strike Team (COST) since 2013. Jason has held an administrative and command role in several COST regional deployments for assistant to other communities such as the 2019 Dayton tornado disaster, a 2019 parking garage collapse in Cincinnati and the most recent 2020 deployment to the power plant collapse in Adams County Ohio. Jason is senior Lieutenant at the Plain Township Fire Department and oversees all fire station maintenance and repairs.

When not at the firehouse, Jason enjoys spending time on his family’s black angus farm in southern Ohio. He attended the Save A Warrior program and serves as a mentor to other first responders and military veterans suffering from PTSD. Jason also owns and operates a small BBQ catering business and excavating business.

Jason’s beautiful wife is a Pediatric Psychologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and they reside in Carrol, Ohio with their son and soon to be daughter.

Mark Powell, Lieutenant

Lieutenant Mark Powell is a 2001 graduate of Newark Catholic High School. He started his career at Plain Township Fire Department in 2007. During his tenure at the department, Mark has served as a member of the Central Ohio Strike Team, earned his Rescue Technician Certification, and completed the Ohio Fire Academy’s Fire Officer 1 program.

He serves as a mentor for incoming firefighters and was named Firefighter of the Year in 2016. Prior to his service at Plain Township, he was employed as a firefighter at Central Ohio Joint Fire District, Newark Township and Jefferson Township fire Departments. Mark resides in Granville with his wife Heather and son Reed.

Beau Zierk, Acting Lieutenant

Acting Lieutenant Zierk graduated from Bishop Hartley High School in 1997, then proceeded to graduate from THE Ohio State University with a BA in Criminology and Sociology in 2002. In 2005 he completed his Fire I and II training at the Ohio Fire Academy and was hired on at Mifflin Township in 2007. He then earned his Paramedic certificate and Associates of Fire Science degree, through Columbus State, in 2009. Acting Lieutenant Zierk began his career with Plain Township in 2010, where he was assigned to Two unit and has been awarded the Firefighter of the Year Award (2013) and Chief’s Award (2018).

During his career, he has attended BGSU for his Certified Rescue Technician, Fire Officer I, Fire Instructor I and II and is enrolled for Live Fire Instructor. He is also a Hazardous Material Technician from the OFA. Acting Lieutenant Zierk is currently an active member of the Central Ohio Strike Team (COST) Region 4. Beau also precepts Paramedic students at Columbus State Community College and at local hospitals.

Beau married his beautiful wife, Dr. Cassondra Zierk, in 2011 and they live together in Gahanna with their 3 children: Xander, Ethan and Valerie. On his free time, he enjoys helping coach his boys’ soccer teams and spending time with his family while being an active member in his church, in New Albany.

Joe Herren, Lieutenant

Lieutenant Joe Herren is a 2003 graduate of Centerburg High School. He began his journey in the fire service in 2005 when he completed the Firefighter I, II, and EMT- Basic programs at the Delaware Area Career Center. In 2007, Joe was hired by the Central Ohio Joint Fire District where he proudly served in a part time role.

In 2008, Joe completed the EMT-Paramedic program at Central Ohio Technical College in Newark, Ohio and was also hired part time by the Plain, Mifflin, and Jefferson Township Fire Departments. In 2009, Joe was hired full time by the Mifflin Township Fire Department and later that year transitioned to full time with the Plain Township Fire Department.
He has completed the Fire Officer I program through the Ohio Fire Academy as well as the Fire Instructor I and II, and Certified Rescue Tech programs through Bowling Green State University. In the near future, Lieutenant Herren plans to pursue a degree in Fire Administration. He resides in Centerburg with his wife Lorin and three daughters: Abigail, Graycen, and Samantha.

During his career, he has attended BGSU for his Certified Rescue Technician, Fire Officer I, Fire Instructor I and II and is enrolled for Live Fire Instructor. He is also a Hazardous Material Technician from the OFA. Acting Lieutenant Zierk is currently an active member of the Central Ohio Strike Team (COST) Region 4. Beau also precepts Paramedic students at Columbus State Community College and at local hospitals.

Beau married his beautiful wife, Dr. Cassondra Zierk, in 2011 and they live together in Gahanna with their 3 children: Xander, Ethan and Valerie. On his free time, he enjoys helping coach his boys’ soccer teams and spending time with his family while being an active member in his church, in New Albany.

Fire Prevention

Terry Guthrie, Fire Marshal

Fire Marshal Terry Guthrie began his career in the fire service as a volunteer in rural Holmes County in September of 1990. His fire and EMS training has progressed from the volunteer firefighter to a career firefighter and paramedic.

He has continued his education to include the state certified fire safety inspector, fire safety educator, advanced level fire investigator, fire/EMS instructor, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in public safety management from Franklin University. He was hired as a part-time employee at the Plain Township Fire Department in 2001 and was sworn in as a full-time firefighter/paramedic in December of 2003.  On July 16th, 2007 he started a new position as the Fire Marshal of Plain Township in New Albany, Ohio and has responsibility in fire prevention education, fire code enforcement and fire cause/origin investigation.

Dan Gilmore, Fire Inspector

Inspector Gilmore is a 22-year veteran of the Plain Township Fire Department.

Dan started his path in fire/EMS by joining his local volunteer fire department in Kingston, Ohio, in 1992, where he worked towards gaining his professional firefighter and Paramedic certifications. Prior to employment with Plain Township, Dan worked for the Deerfield Township Fire Department near Mason, Ohio.

Inspector Gilmore was hired part time by the Plain Township Fire Department in 1998 and became a fulltime firefighter/paramedic in 2000.

Dan achieved his State Certified Fire Inspector certification in 2010 and became one of the first fire inspectors for Green Township in Ross County, Ohio.
Inspector Gilmore served on 3 Unit as the engine operator and then ladder operator until his promotion. He was promoted to the position of Fire Inspector on July 7th, 2021, after the retirement of Inspector Hoffer.

Dan has been married to his wife Kami for 32 years and resides in Kingston in Ross County.  They have 4 children, David, Bethany, Nick, and Justin. When not serving the residents of Plain Township and New Albany, Dan enjoys camping, 4 wheeling his Jeep, playing the drums, building model railroads and being “Papaw” to his three granddaughters Haydan, Harper, and Emmy.

Retired

John Hoovler, Fire Chief, Retired

Fire Chief John Hoovler started his fire career as a volunteer firefighter with Johnstown Fire Department in 1974.  He became a paramedic in 1978 and continued to volunteer until he was hired as Johnstown’s first fulltime firefighter in 1987. John has progressed through each position in the fire service including, firefighter/paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief and Chief. In 1993 John took a part-time position at Worthington Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic. John was hired in 1994, by Madison Township as a fulltime firefighter/paramedic and continued to work part-time at Worthington.

Oct 1994 he was sworn in as Fire Chief of the Plain Township Fire Department. He is married to his wife Kathleen and they have four daughters with eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys farming and raising beef cattle and occasionally going camping.

Greg Myers, Captain, Retired

Captain Myers was a Plain Township resident. He graduated from Whitehall Yearling High School. Greg began his fire service as a volunteer with Plain Township in 1986. He received his paramedic certification from the Franklin County Firefighter/Grant Medical Center. Greg joined the department as a full-time firefighter in 1995. He has worked with West Licking and Basil Fire Department as a part-time firefighter, a part-time firefighter with Jefferson Fire Department, and as a Fire Safety Inspector.

In Memory of Those Who Served

James “Jim” Carney – Captain

November 15, 1972 – June 24, 2022

Captain Carney passed away on June 24, 2022

Captain Carney was born in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Fairfield Career Center with a certificate in Automotive Mechanics. Jim began his fire service career in 1992 with the Violet Township Fire Department. Jim completed the Franklin County Firefighters/Grant Medical Center Paramedic Education Program in 1994. He started with the Plain Township Fire Department in 1995. Jim was a hazardous materials technician, fire and bomb investigator, and Local Union President for the International Association of Firefighters Local 3850. Jim also worked as the Legislative Director for the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters. He graduated from Harvard Law School’s Trade Union Program in February of 2005.

Captain Carney will be greatly missed.

David “Beau” Schoener – Firefighter Paramedic

July 8, 1977 – March 12, 2017

On Sunday, March 12, 2017, our brother, David “Beau” Schoener passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack at his home. Beau was only 39 years old.

Beau was an outstanding firefighter and paramedic. Throughout his career, Beau was recognized multiple times for his valor. He also selflessly served in the Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts. Beau was dedicated to his family, friends, beloved Chelsea, and considered his 9-year-old son, Jake, his greatest gift and best accomplishment.

Beau’s Legacy, The New Albany Firefighters Foundation

In 2017, the firefighters at Plain Township FD held their inaugural golf outing fundraiser to raise money for Beau’s son, Jake. This launched a larger goal to ensure not only a bright future for Beau’s son but to build a legacy for Beau that could touch the lives of many fire families in the future. Thanks to a very gracious community, the Foundation  raised over $45,000 in the first year. This tremendous volume of support helped  create the Plain Township New Albany Firefighters Foundation. This non-profit organization  allows us to continue helping Jake for many years to come, and will also serve as a vehicle to support other fire families in need. Additionally, we are establishing a scholarship for returning veterans interested in pursuing a career as a firefighter. Just as Beau gave selflessly to so many, the Plain Township New Albany Firefighters Foundation aims to follow his lead.

Contact Information

Plain Township Fire Department

9500 Johnstown Road
New Albany, Ohio 43054

firedept@plaintownship.org

614-855-7370

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