Staff Reports

Columbus’ police and fire departments recently hired additional members.

Firefighter Eric Green and firefighter/paramedic Nick Tuttle, both Columbus residents, have joined the Columbus Fire Department. Both have previous experience in public safety.

Green, 22, is a 2012 graduate of Columbus North High School. He has been employed with Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services since 2013. Green also been a volunteer firefighter with the Harrison Township and Southwest Fire Departments for six years. His certifications include basic EMT and firefighter I and II.

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Nick Tuttle, 27, is a 2006 graduate of Greensburg High School. He earned an associate degree in paramedic science from Ivy Tech Community College in 2013. Tuttle has been an emergency medical technician since 2008, a paramedic since 2013 and has been employed with Jackson County EMS since 2013. He is a former 911 dispatcher.

Green and Tuttle will undergo department familiarization and firefighter training now through April.

Columbus Fire Department has 93 sworn firefighters — two shy of full staff.

Jacob Williams, 24, Columbus Police Department’s newest officer, is a graduate of Shelbyville High School. He attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Williams was previously employed with the Indiana State Excise Police as a compliance surveyor.

After a short orientation period, Williams will attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield.