Hometown Heroes

. June 1, 2015.

Jeff Rampe
Captain in the Findlay Fire Department

Family: Wife, Stacie of 18 years and four children: Alec, 20, Brylie, 16, Trey, 11 and Will, 7

How did you choose your career as a firefighter?

Ironically, it was my father who sparked my interest in the fire service. He joined the volunteer fire department in our hometown when I was a kid and the rest is history! When you have the privilege of being around the fire service at a young impressionable age it is hard to imagine doing anything else!

How does your job compare to being a dad?

I would say the biggest impact of being both a firefighter and dad would be the emotional implications. When you witness the devastation of both fire and injury you immediately gravitate to your own kids and family. 

There are times when you can’t wait to get home to hug your wife and kids and give thanks for the blessings you have!

Let’s hear from the family!

What makes your husband a hero?

Stacie: He has a true passion for helping others.  He wanted to be a firefighter since he was little and he has been able to realize his dream. He continues to push himself everyday to be a better firefighter, father, husband and person. 

What does your dad do at work every day?

Trey and Will: My dad drinks coffee, checks the equipment in the morning and works out.  He also goes on emergency calls.

What makes your dad a hero?

Brylie: He risks his life for his friends.


Scott Sharpe

Northwest District Manager for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks

Family: Wife, Kristin, of twelve years and have four children: Will, 6, Jake, 5, Emma, 2, and Drew, 1

You have spent time as both a Wildlife Officer and a manager for the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources. How did you choose your career?

I love to hunt and fish and wanted to help protect our natural resources. I also wanted to be able to work outside. 

How does your job compare to being a dad?

Going to work is easy compared to being a dad, though there are a lot of the same components such as correcting ill-focused actions and educating people.  

What values do you hope to pass on to your children?

First off, I want them to love Jesus and make him Lord of their lives. Beyond that, I want them to be honest and admit when they have made a mistake. I want them to be people of their word and follow through with commitment. 

Let’s hear from the family!

What makes your husband a hero?

Kristin:  Scott is a hero because he keeps people safe by knowing and upholding the law. He takes his job seriously because he knows that’s what is best for everyone’s safety. 

What does your dad do at work every day?

Will: Gives people tickets, arrests people, and walks around parks. 

What is your favorite thing to do with your dad?

Will: Go hunting.

Jake: Jump off of him.

Emma: Play hide and seek.

Chris Kinn

 Lieutenant and Crash Reconstruction
Commander for the Ohio State Highway Patrol

Family: Wife, Jill, of twelve years and three children, Wyatt, 8, Evan, 6, and Adie 4

Describe how you chose your career and what you do on a daily basis. 

I was interested in law enforcement during my high school years and God placed people in my path that encouraged me and pushed me in that direction. There is nothing else I’d rather be doing.  I supervise crash reconstructionists throughout the state who respond to serious injury and fatal crashes. 

How does your job compare to being a dad?

There is infinitely more joy being a dad. I do get a lot of personal satisfaction at work, but it doesn’t compare to the happiness I get in seeing my children grow.

Let’s hear from the family!

What makes your husband a hero?

Jill: While on the job in January of 2011, Chris was struck by a car. Both legs were broken and the ligaments in his knees were torn which required two surgeries and a year and a half of physical therapy. By the grace of God, Chris survived the crash and was determined to get back in uniform as soon as he possibly could. He defied the odds and never let it get him down.

What does your dad do at work every day?

Evan: Makes money.

Wyatt: Goes to accidents and takes measurements.

What makes your dad a hero?

Evan: Helping people who get in accidents.

Wyatt: Earning money so we can have a house and food and clothes.

Adie: A cape.


Ryan Lieb 

Corrections Sergeant for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office

Family: Wife, Kelli, of thirteen years and two children, Trevin, 8, and Kendall, 5

How did you choose your career as a Corrections Sergeant?

I originally went to college to be a teacher. I started out in juvenile corrections because I had a passion to help rehabilitate juvenile delinquents. I then pursued my master’s degree in criminal justice and that led me to where I am now. 

How does your job compare to being a dad?

In both my job and as a parent I am an authoritative figure. I must communicate with my staff and inmates, as well as my children, in a way that conveys respect and empathy. Obviously, being a dad is much more rewarding. 

What values do you hope to pass on to your children?

To value and respect all people and to treat others how you want to be treated. 

Let’s hear from the family!

What makes your husband a hero?

Kelli: My husband is a hero because he works hard to provide a wonderful life for his family. He always makes sacrifices to puts others’ needs and wants before his own. 

What does your dad do at work every day?

Trevin: Watch over the bad guys.

Kendall: Make money.

What is your favorite thing to do with your dad?

Trevin: Play sports. 

Kendall: Go on “dates” with each other.

Matt Kinsinger
Sergeant with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office 

Family: Wife, Andrea and four children: Blythe, 23, Paige, 21, Grant, 19, and Brynn, 16

How did you choose your career as sergeant?  

My desire to serve others was the driving force for choosing law enforcement as a career.  I receive fulfillment and satisfaction knowing I may have helped someone at time of their greatest need.   

How does your job compare to being a dad? 

Enforcing rules, setting a good example and being a problem solver are some of the common traits I've found between my job and my role as a father. 

What would you say is the hardest part of parenting? 

I think that allowing your child to make mistakes and having the patience to allow them to learn from them is one of the greatest challenges a parent faces.

Let’s hear from the family!

What makes your husband a hero? 

Andrea: Having to put himself in difficult and dangerous situations without risk to himself.  Also, facing situations the average person never considers such as fatal accidents, violent situations and delivering death notifications.    

What makes your dad a hero? 

Kids in collaboration: Our dad is a hero because of his compassionate heart for others. He shows selfless compassion everyday at his job, when he volunteers in the community, when he serves at church and at home with our family. His readiness to serve others inspires us to do the same.