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.

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Ben Jarrett, Bowling Green Local 2379

Phone: 1-419-541-1767
Ben Jarrett

Ben has seventeen years of experience in the fire service. He's been a Firefighter/AEMT/Instructor with the Bowling Green Fire Division for the past 11 years. Ben has been married to his wonderful wife for the past 16 years.

Ryan Patton, Bowling Green Fire Division

Phone: 419-277-1900
Ryan Patton

My name is Ryan Patton and I’ve been in the fire service for over 25 years, between the military and Bowling Green Fire Division. I have 4 children and am recently divorced. I enjoy outside activities and volunteering.

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
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.


Ryan Fairbanks -- Lakewood Fire Department

Phone: 440-339-1334
Ryan Fairbanks

I have been a firefighter/paramedic with the Lakewood Fire Department for 14 years.  I began my fire service career as a fire explorer with the Lodi Volunteer Fire Department in 1997.  I am an Air Force veteran, serving as a firefighter

Bill Mastroianni; Euclid Fire 337

Phone: 216-375-4159

I have been in the fire-service for almost 25 years.  The last 20 have been in the City of Euclid as a paramedic/lieutenant.  Over my career I was “that guy” who wouldn’t ask for help or talk about calls that bothered me.

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. I currently live on the east side of Cleveland.

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.


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. Matt currently is the state coordinator for the OAPFF Peer Team.  


Bryan Iceman, Local 1220

Phone: 330-207-2156
Bryan Iceman

Bryan started his career in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter in 1995. He became an EMT soon after in 1996 and went on to being a paramedic in 1998.

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. I’m very proud of each position and how all of our employees handle every situation.

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. Throughout her career, she has strived to serve as an advocate for her profession.

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. Jackson Township IAFF Local 2280 in Stark County has been my home for the past 23 years.

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.


Kevin Sanders, Local 333

Phone: 937-207-9536
Kevin Sanders

Kevin joined the Springfield Fire Rescue Division in 2000 after getting experience as a volunteer firefighter and working in private ambulance. He is currently the Vice President of Local 333. Kevin is a divorced father of two.

Carmen Kuehn, Local 3518

Phone: (513) 633-3359
Carmen Kuehn

Carmen started in the fire service in 1988 as volunteer firefighter. She worked her way up to a part-time position in 1993 and then became a career member of the West Chester Township Fire Department, Local 3518 in 2000.

Miles Cook, Hamilton Fire Local 20

Phone: 513-477-1597

Professional Fire Fighter/EMT 19 years with the City of Hamilton.

Nick Overman, Dayton Fire Local 136

Phone: 937-602-2512

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

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. He has been on the job since 2008, is currently serving as the Secretary for Local 333, and is the co-chair of the OAPFF 4th district peer support team.

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. The idea of having a peer group within the OAPFF and our Local really struck a cord with him.


Steve Carna , Columbus Firefighters, Local 67

Phone: 740-601-0181
Steve Carna

Steve is a Firefighter and Paramedic and has worked for the Columbus Fire Department since 2000.  Steve has been through divorce, bankruptcy, and child custody issues with his 3 children. In 2019, Steve became a licensed Chaplain.

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. He has been a peer member of Columbus Fire CISM since 2005.

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 the Harrison Township Fire Department.

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 firefighter/paramedic for the Norwich Township Fire Department in Hilliard, Ohio.