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RECEIVES CERTIFICATE 55 YEARS LATER - Russell Ingols, a resident of Juniper Village in Meadville and formerly a life-long resident of Conneautville was presented a certificate for completing a course from the United States Air force by Crawford County Emergency Management Agency Director, Allen Clark recently, however he took the course in January 1959. While volunteering at the Conneaut Valley Area Historical Society (CVAHS) in Conneautville, Clark found this certificate with Mr. Ingols’ name on it recognizing him as a, “Honorary Life Member of the Air Defense team for voluntary and faithful service in the Ground Observer Corps.” Men and women were trained to observe from tall buildings in every community to spot and identify enemy airplanes and to notify the county who notified the state who notified the Department of the Air force. the CVAHS presented these certificates to many people in the Conneaut Valley Area but Mr. Ingols’ certificate had not been presented to him. Later Civil Defense became Emergency Management during President Carter’s time in office. “It’s important to recognize and appreciate what hundreds of men and women did in the past and continue to do today to keep their community’s safe,” said Crawford County EMA Director Allen Clark. Mr. Ingols worked at the Ohio Rubber Company in Conneautville, is a past fire chief, served on Borough Council, was the Mayor, and a past Commander of the American Legion among numerous other accomplishments he has done.