Please welcome our new Executive Director, Michael Shimko!

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Mike has been with the museum as a fire safety educator since 2014. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in journalism in 1984. He worked in the marketing department of Chemical Abstracts Service for 3 years before entering the fire service. Mike spent 5 years as a Flight Paramedic for SkyMed and MedFlight. He joined Grandview Heights Fire Department in 1993 and there not only worked his way through the ranks to captain, but was in charge of Grandview’s Community Education Program for 15 years. He retired from Grandview in March 2019 and jumped into the fire as the museum Executive Director. He brought with him a lot of great ideas and enthusiasm. Not only does he enjoy speaking about the history of the fire service, he has a passion for public fire safety education and is excited to begin leading us into the future. We can’t wait to see what’s next for the museum. Congratulations Mike, we wish you the best of luck!

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