HUBER HEIGHTS — At the Sept. 28 meeting of the Huber Heights City Council, Mayor Thomas McMasters presented a proclamation to Dr. Donald L. Turner for his practice of family medicine in Huber Heights for over four generations with a special interest in sports medicine. Turner retired in August 2015 from his practice at Northeast Family Practice.
Turned was a graduate of the University of Dayton and the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa as a Doctor of Osteopathy. McMasters said Dr. Turner was the recipient of countless honors and certifications and has been active in a variety of professional organizations, special projects, and speaking engagements in the medical field. He indicated that Dr. Turner had been engaged in select professional organizations including the American Osteopathic Association, the Ohio Osteopathic Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Family Practice, and the American Medical Association.
McMasters said Dr. Turner was involved in many professional endeavors locally, including the YMCA, the Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce, programs at Wayne High School, and service as the physician for the Wayne Township Rescue Squad. He said he was recognizing “the outstanding and significant accomplishments” of Dr. Turner as a local physician, community activist, and Huber Heights business owner in addition to his other professional endeavors and congratulated him on the attainment of these achievements and thanked him for his many years of dedicated medical and community service.
Former Mayor Ron Fisher then greeted Dr. Turner and said he was at this presentation on behalf of thousands of students and athletes from the 1960s on as he was the volunteer physician at Wayne High School for over 30 years.
“There’s no way that anyone in our community has dedicated or offered more of his time and service than this man right here,” said Fisher, who then presented Turner with a key to the city on behalf of the city and the Council.
“Thank you everybody,” was Turner’s response as he received an ovation from the audience.
McMasters also proclaimed the week of Oct. 4-10 as Fire Prevention Week and said the theme, “Hear the Beep Where you Sleep” effectively serves to remind us that “smoke alarms save lives and should be in every home during Fire Prevention Week and year round.”
McMasters said that in less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire as it only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house. He indicated that smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do.
“Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill,” said McMasters. “Breathing even small amounts of smoke and toxic gases can make you drowsy, disoriented and short of breath. The odorless, colorless fumes can lull you into a deep sleep before the flames reach your door.”
McMasters said that working smoke alarms cut the chances of dying in a fire in half and should be tested once a month and replaced when they are 10 years old or if they do not sound when tested.
“When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside,” he said.
Huber Heights Fire Chief Mark Ashworth said the Fire Division is committed to make sure that every household has a smoke detector.
“Through grants programs that are funded by commercial properties and generous donations from organizations such as Wal Mart, private donations and such, we will continue to pass out, install and replace batteries to any Huber Heights residents that calls, requests and schedules time and we will do that at no charge to any residents. We will continue this program; it is very successful, and again, the push this year nationally is to get smoke detectors in every bedroom, not just the hallways now…Please check your batteries, we’ve got the time clock change coming up here in the next month and when you change the clock, you change your batteries.”
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