Tag Archives: Obituary

In Memoriam… Jennie Riedy April 21, 1952 – October 23, 2012

Dear friends,

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jennie Riedy following a prolonged illness. Jennie was a lifelong learner and EMS educator. Her infectious, optimistic spirit has touched the lives of countless friends, patients, families, nurses, physicians, EMTs, Paramedics and others.

Her health care career began with graduation from Grant Medical Center’s School of Nursing in 1973. Over the years she’s been involved in emergency medicine at the bedside in hospitals, in the air as a Flight Nurse, on the ground with EMS, and with thousands of new and experienced EMTs and Paramedics in the classroom.

The quips and pearls of wisdom she offered will be remembered by many. Her perseverance, drive and unwillingness to accept mediocre performance enhanced our care of patients. Willingly, she advanced an agenda promoting preparedness, knowledge, skills and critical thinking by her brothers and sisters in EMS. We are all better because of it.

Her heart was in all that she did and our souls felt it. Today, it is our own hearts and souls that feel the sadness of this loss, whilst also having joy in our spirit because we experienced life with Jenny as a friend and colleague.


OhioHealth/Grant Medical Center
LifeLink EMS Programs

Virginia “Jennie” Kathleen Riedy

Virginia “Jennie” Kathleen Riedy, 60 of Columbus, died Tuesday, October 23, 2012. She was born April 21, 1952 in Columbus, OH to Oliver and Barbara Sheets. She was a 1970 graduate of Grove City High School and a 1973 graduate of Grant Nursing School. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in German Village, a Registered Nurse and a prolific EMS Educator. Her life was devoted to emergency medicine, her children and her grandchildren. In addition to her parents she is survived by three children Elizabeth Virginia (Earl) Westfall, Matthew David (Jessica) Riedy and Andrew Oliver Riedy, two brothers Steven (Chris) Sheets and Philip (Diane) Sheets, four grandchildren, Isabel, Alexandra, Madeline and Violet. Family will receive friends Friday from 5-8 PM at SCHOEDINGER GROVE CITY CHAPEL, 3920 Broadway. A Mass will be held Saturday at 9:30 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 684 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43206 or Dominican Sisters of Mary, 4597 Warren Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Online condolences may be made to 

OCTOBER 26 , 2013
05:00PM – 08:00PM
Grove City Chapel
3920 Broadway
Grove City, OH, US, 43123
(614) 875-6333
OCTOBER 27, 2013 
St Mary Catholic Church
684 S. 3rd St.
Columbus, OH, US, 43206

MedFlight LODD: Shawn Baker, October 19, 2010

Our thoughts are with our MedFlight family and the family and friends of Shawn Baker who died in the Line-of-Duty at MedFlight Base 3 in Wellston OH on October 19, 2010.

From MedFlight.com

It is with deep sadness, that MedFlight confirms the loss of our friend and colleague, Shawn Baker. Shawn died the evening of Tuesday October 19, 2010 while on duty at the MedFlight 3 Wellston base.

Shawn has been a long term, dedicated, MedFlight partner serving in the Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) division as well as the Rotor wing division since 1998. He will be greatly missed not only for his sense of humor and fun loving demeanor but also his dedication to the people he worked with and the patients he cared for. Shawn worked tirelessly in Southern Ohio educating others on patient care and giving back to the community.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends and the numerous professionals that he impacted. MedFlight will provide ongoing updates regarding Shawn’s funeral arrangements on the MedFlight website (Medlfight.com) and Facebook page.

Update: Viewing and Funeral Arrangements

Viewing Sun 10/24 5p-9p Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home 590 E. Main Pomeroy, OH 45769. Burial Mon 10/25 1100 Mound Hill Cemetery Gallipolis, OH. Departments Wishing To Participate Please Contact Don Stivers, Middleport FD 740.416.3212.

John Moore and Grant Medical Center



Columbus, Ohio


John Moore, age 56, died on March 29, 2010, in the Line of Duty at the Columbus Division of Fire. John Moore was a 25 year employee of Grant Medical Center LifeFlight as a part-time Flight Paramedic and a current employee of the LifeLink Department. He was a 34 year veteran Firefighter/Paramedic for the Columbus Fire Department and an EMS Instructor at the Department’s Training Academy. He continued his Flight Paramedic career for MedFlight when Grant and OSU merged flight programs in 1995. He was a Flight Paramedic for 26 years. John’s efforts were instrumental in the success of Grant LifeFlight’s first remote helicopter base in Wellston, Ohio in 1986. This was the first remote medical helicopter base in the country. This remote base was placed in Southern Ohio by Grant LifeFlight to improve the rapid response of helicopter crews in Southern Ohio to optimize patient survival in rural areas. John spent a significant amount of time promoting Grant’s Trauma Program and its helicopter service through outreach education at Fire and EMS agencies across the state during the past 26 years as an employee of Grant LifeFlight and Grant LifeLink. John continued to work for Grant when the LifeFlight Department transitioned and was renamed the LifeLink Outreach Education Program in 1995. He also continued to teach in Grant’s Medic School known as the Grant Medical Center/Franklin County FireFighter’s Paramedic Program. In 1999, John was indispensable in the creation of the OhioHealth First Aide Centers at the Nationwide Arena on behalf of Grant LifeLink as a Special Events Paramedic. John Moore has touched countless lives as an EMS provider, Flight Paramedic and EMS Educator. His contributions to the improvement of care for pre-hospital patients through his efforts at the Columbus Division of Fire, Grant LifeFlight, Grant LifeLink and Grant’s Medic School are invaluable.



John was preceded in death by his parents Otis and Emma Jayne Moore. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Sue; loving daughter, Jayme (Dana) Smoot; devoted son, Steven Perry; granddaughter, Sophia Jayne Smoot; sister, Valorie (John) Rushing all of Columbus, OH; and a host of close relatives; nieces, nephews; cousins; and friends.



Funeral ceremony will be Tuesday, 11 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 300 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215, where the family will receive friends, 9 a.m. until then start of services. Interment in Green Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the John P. Moore Memorial Fund, established at Fifth-Third Bank.




April 5, 2010

Karen H. Connors, President

Grant Medical Center


Columbus paramedic instructor, John Moore, dies of apparent heart attack

Columbus paramedic instructor dies of apparent heart attack

56-year-old found dead at training complex

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 7:15 PM





John Moore

A 34-year veteran of the Columbus Division of Fire died Monday afternoon at the division’s training complex from an apparent heart attack.

John Moore, 56, played a key role in the growth of the division’s emergency-medical services since joining in 1975, Battalion Chief David Whiting said.

Moore was one of three paramedic instructors who worked at the complex on S. Parsons Avenue in 24-hour shifts, Whiting said.

Because the instructors work around the clock, they have personal space while on duty that includes a bedroom, bathroom and living area.

A colleague who had seen Moore’s car parked on the lot but hadn’t seen him in a while went looking for him in that area. He found Moore dead about 4 p.m.

Moore was married and had two grown children.

He had just started as a paramedic instructor at the complex in January, but he’d played key roles in training for years, Whiting said.

“He’s been a paramedic forever,” Whiting said. “He’s been an instrumental person in the development of EMS in Columbus.

“I can’t imagine the number of people he’s touched in his career, internally in the division and externally who he’s worked on. He had a patient-care bedside (manner) that was unbelievable.”

Services are being finalized but are expected to be early next week.

Ronald A. Thomas (Madison Twp Fire; Grant EMS Education) Obituary

Ronald A. Thomas, age 41, of Grove City, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 15, 2010. Ron was born on July 11, 1968 in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Teays Valley High School in 1986. He was employed as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Madison Township Fire Department for 18 years, where he served as a member of the Honor Guard. Ron also served as an instructor for the paramedic programs at Grant Medical Center and Eastland Career Center.

Ron was preceded in death by grandparents Ernest and Ruby Riffle, Pete and Naomi Wynn, Wilma Wynn and Chancey Thomas Jr. He leaves behind many dear friends and his loving family including his sons, Zachary and Seth of Bloomingburg, Ohio; parents, Harold and Gladys of Leon, West Virginia; brother, Andy (Tracey) of Commercial Point, Ohio; nieces, Taylor and Courtney; special aunt, Diana Riffle of Grove City, Ohio; special uncle, Jerry (Sherry) Riffle of Grove City, Ohio; and several other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

The family is sincerely indebted to the care and support of numerous friends, neighbors and loved ones. The family will receive family and friends Thursday, February 18, 2010 from 2 p.m. until time of funeral service at 6 p.m. at Madison Christian Church, 3565 Bixby Rd., Groveport, Ohio with Pastor Paul Barnes officiating. All flowers to be delivered to the church. A firefighter’s funeral service will follow the calling hours. Burial will be 2 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2010 at Yauger Cemetery in Leon, West Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Local 2507, Attention Honor Guard, 6600 Gender Rd., Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110 in Ron’s memory. Ron is greatly loved and will be missed by his family and friends. Arrangements completed with THE SPENCE-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, Grove City, Ohio.

To share a special memory of Ron please visit www.spencemillerfuneralhome.com

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on February 17, 2010