Optimists promote respect for law and an active interest in civic affairs by sponsoring two annual awards – John P. Kalaman Respect for Law and the Robert O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year. Both awards recognize those in our community who exceed expectations in serving the community.
John P. Kalaman was a five-year veteran of the Centerville Police Department when he lost his life on the morning of January 12, 1998. About 6:00 a. m. John responded to an accident on I-675 near Wilmington Pike. After the crash victim had been placed in the rescue vehicle, John, along with Washington Township firefighters Bob O’Toole and Chuck Arnold, returned to the damaged vehicle. Another car traveling west lost control, crossed the median and struck the three men. Officer John Kalaman died instantly, and Firefighter Bob O’Toole died shortly thereafter in a hospital emergency room.
The Noon Optimist Club of Centerville named their Respect for Law Award in John’s memory and to honor those in our community who unselfishly give of themselves in service to others.