Outstanding Women of Clinton County ‘22: Katie Muchmore Earley a role model, champion of fire safety


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This is the sixth of six profiles of the honorees of the Outstanding Women of Clinton County Class of 2022.

A public servant who was a volunteer, firefighter, paramedic, educator, fire inspector, Past President and Secretary of Ohio State Associations and served on the International Code Committee

Katie Muchmore Earley was a role model for women in EMS (Emergency Medical Services), a single mother and more whose many accomplishments were achieved in just two decades.

Sadly, she died at age 39 in 2016 from a brain aneurysm.

Katie began her career following a family tradition as a volunteer on the Clarksville Fire Department. She received her firefighter education through Great Oaks, her paramedic education through Southern State and certification from Ohio Division of EMS Services.

In 1999 she was hired as the first female firefighter with the City of Wilmington. During her 12 years there she often provided CPR, fire safety training and car seat safety inspector. She became a Fire Inspector in Clinton County.

In 2011 Katie became a Fire Prevention Officer with the West Licking Joint Fire District, establishing the CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) classes in area schools and educating school-aged children in fire safety and emergency-based classes, which was her passion.

In 2014 she graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s Fire and Safety Engineering Technology Program, educating herself further in Fire and Safety. During this time, she represented Ohio at National Fire Prevention Association conferences and seminars and was past President of Central Ohio Fire Prevention Association, Secretary of Ohio Fire Officials Association, and she served on the International Code Committee.

Katie Muchmore Earley met her goals of educating others, especially children, in fire and safety, not only with hands-on experience and increasing her education but using her voice through representation on state associations and international committees.

To quote Matthew, Chapter 25, Verse 21: “Well Done Thou Good and Faithful Servant.”

The 2022 Outstanding Women of Clinton County luncheon will be held Saturday, April 9 at the Roberts Centre; the deadline to reserve tickets was Friday, April 1.

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