Chief Tieche, who passed away in May, had been Canfield’s fire chief for 28 years and was instrumental in improving how emergency services were delivered on the fairgrounds. He recognized there had to be a better way for medical responders to navigate through the large crowds when responding to the many medical emergencies on the fairgrounds.
Tieche introduced golf carts outfitted with advanced medical equipment and stretchers to transport patients as the primary response vehicles on the fairgrounds. These carts allow responders to reach patients in about three minutes and keep the larger transport ambulances out of the crowds. The paramedic staffed carts are able to treat and transport the patient to the nearest gate where an ambulance then takes the patient to a hospital.
In 2008, the Canfield Fair Board honored Tieche for his 25 years of service, which was presented to him by his friend and colleague, Austintown fire Chief and fair board member Andrew Frost.
Photos by Jim McCreary, Town Crier correspondent
The Tieche family: Deby Tieche, Katie Serensky, and Rob Tieche, Jr. were in attendance during the dedication of the a memorial stone to the late Chief Robert Tieche that will become a permanent tribute to his efforts at the fair and around the county.