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Meet the Staff

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Jake
Rice

Paramedic, EMS Chief, BSN,RN, CEN,  EMS-I
EMS Training / Billing / EMS Memberships / Public Relations

Jake started with Jefferson Rescue as a part-time employee December 2005, and became a full-time employee in October 2017. Jake worked for Community Care ambulance as a Critical Care paramedic from 2008-2014 and has been employed with University Hospitals since 2011 as a Paramedic in the Emergency Department, and a department lead medic at the UH Ashtabula Urgent Care. Jake has advanced his education and is now working at both University Hospitals and ACMC as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department. 
Jake is our EMS training coordinator, is certified to teach all levels of EMS, and also holds certifications to teach basic and advanced life support. Jake joined the Jefferson Fire Department in 2003 and is currently a Captain within the department. Jake enjoys spending time on his farm with his two children and wife, as well as traveling to Disney World with his family.

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Joe Edison

Paramedic
EMS Captain

Joe Edison is a 2005 graduate of Jefferson High School and started working at Jefferson Rescue as an auxiliary EMT in December 2008. In 2011, Joe became a paramedic and was moved to Part-time status. Joe became a full-time employee of Jefferson Rescue in 2016 and handles scheduling for the department and assisting with day-to-day operations. Outside of work, Joe enjoys attending traveling, camping, and attending Cleveland Guardians games, along with spending time with friends and family around the campfire in the summer. He is also an active member on the Jefferson Fire Department since 2006, where he serves as a Captain. Joe lives in Jefferson with his wife and 2 sons.

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Steve Hill

Paramedic
Station/Vehicle Maintenance

Steve Hill is one of our longest tenured employees here at the Jefferson Emergency Rescue District, first joining the district in as a part-time Paramedic. In 2003 Steve was hired full-time with the Jefferson Emergency Rescue District, and currently serves as the departments station and vehicle maintenance manager. 
A 1982 graduate of Edgewood High School, Steve became an EMT in 1983 and later obtained his Paramedic in 1988. Outside of Jefferson Rescue, Steve is also currently employed as a part-time Firefighter/Paramedic with Ashtabula Township Fire Department and has previously worked for Conneaut Fire Department Station 1 along with Community Care Ambulance in Ashtabula. When not working, Steve enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

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Matt Anderson

Paramedic

Matt Anderson is a 1993 graduate of Geneva High School. He started his career at Saybrook Fire Department in December 1993. He received his EMT Basic in 1995 and his Paramedic in 1999. He worked fulltime at Conneaut Fire Department from 2002-2009. He started working at Jefferson Rescue in December 2002. In 2009, he became a fulltime paramedic at Jefferson Rescue. He worked at Lubrizol in Painesville from 2013-2018, then returned as a fulltime paramedic in November of 2018. Outside of work, Matt enjoys fishing, golfing, hunting, and camping with his wife Danielle. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends. Matt and his wife, along with their children, reside in the Village of Jefferson. He is also a part time Investigator for the Ashtabula County Coroners and a part time firefighter/paramedic for Conneaut Fire Department.

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Tom Ricker

Paramedic

Tom Ricker is an Ashtabula High graduate. Tom received his paramedic education through University Hospital Conneaut Medical Center. Tom joined Jefferson Rescue in 2018 and was elevated to full time in December of 2020. Tom resides in Jefferson Village and is the father of a daughter and son. He enjoys golf and hanging out with his kids in his spare time.

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Tim Hall

Paramedic

Tim became an EMT in 2011 and started at JERD as an auxiliary member in 2012. He worked at Community Care Ambulance beginning in 2011 and then obtained his Paramedic certification through University Hospitals in 2013.  Tim was able to obtain his critical care certification as well as operate as a Field Training Officer during his time at Community Care.  He worked full time at Community Care and part time for JERD until he was hired full time at Jefferson Rescue in July 2022. In his free time, he loves spending time with his wife and two sons. He also enjoys watching sports and spending time outdoors hunting and hiking.

Staff: Meet the Team

Christina
Kirkner

Paramedic/RN

Hired: 06/19/1997

Brian
Edelman

Paramedic

Hired: 12/16/1998

Christina
Edison

EMT-Basic/RN

Hired: 07/29/2015

Kayla 
Flavell

EMT-Basic/RN
Hired: 09/08/2017

Joe 
Defazio

Paramedic
Hired: 12/07/2017

Greg
Walker

Paramedic
Hired: 03/27/2019

Brian
Huston

Paramedic/RN
Hired: 08/01/2019

Kelly
Farina

Clerk
Hired: 08/28/2019

Staff: Meet the Team

Justin
McNeil

Paramedic

Hired: 02/20/2020

Benjamin
Gruber

Paramedic

Hired: 03/20/2020

Jon
McMannes

EMT-Basic
Hired: 06/10/2020

Delores
Bailey

Paramedic
Hired: 12/09/2020

Jennifer
Miller

Paramedic

Hired: 02/04/2021

Greg
Strubbe

Paramedic

Hired: 08/30/2021

Logan 
Platt

EMT-Basic
Hired: 01/12/2022

Amara
Kantola

EMT-Basic
Hired: 01/12/2022

Staff: Meet the Team

Derek
Nelson

Paramedic

Hired: 04/13/2022

Michael
Marshall

Paramedic

Hired: 07/13/2022

Jacob
Peer

EMT-Basic

Hired: 09/03/2022

Lydia
Jerina

EMT-Basic
Hired: 

Shelby
McBride

Paramedic
Hired: 

Jessica
Scott

EMT-Advance
Hired: 

Staff: Meet the Team
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