Meet Our Full Timers

Lieutenant Ray Thrash

Lt. Ray Thrash, being raised in Harlem Township, joined the Harlem Township Division of Fire in 1986. When he joined the department, Harlem Fire Department was still operating as a volunteer department. In 2005 he was promoted to Lieutenant under the command of Chief Dale Fling, and with the passing of their levy in 2007, Lt. Thrash was hired as the full time Lieutenant assigned to 2 Unit. 

Lieutenant Thrash is a second generation member of the department where both his mother and father were actively involved. Lt. Thrash has lived in Harlem Township since 1970, graduated from Johnstown Monroe High School and still resides at his family's home.

Lieutenant Paul Cade

With long standing family history in Harlem Township, Paul Cade started his career as a Firefighter in November of 2005 after the completion of the Public Safety program at DACC in Fire and EMT certified through the State of Ohio. Lt. Cade served as a part-time employee for over 13 years. In October of 2018 Lt. Cade was hired as a full-time firefighter paramedic for Harlem Township Division of Fire.

Lt. Cade is currently the Lieutenant on 1 unit.

Lt. Cade is a second-generation firefighter for Harlem Township. Lt. Cade’s grandfather was one of the founding members and was with the fire department from 1974-1991 and left the department as a lieutenant. Lt. Cade enjoys working at Harlem Township because, “My family has been a part of this community for decades. I now get to give back to the community that myself and my family have been a part of.”

Lieutenant Sam Broska

Sam Broska Jr. began his career in the fire fighting/ paramedic field by attending the University of Akron and obtaining an associates degree in Fire Protection Technology and had his first fire fighting job at the Mantua/Shalersville Fire Department in 1999. He completed his paramedic program through University Hospitals and his Advanced Critical Care Paramedic program through The Cleveland Clinic. In July of 2002 he began work at the Anderson Township Fire Department where he worked for 21 years. During that time he also began part time work at the Licking Township Fire Company in February of 2017 where he currently holds the title of Captain. Sam also shares his passion and knowledge as an instructor at both C-Tec and the State Fire Academy. His career with Harlem Township Division of Fire began in July of 2023. Sam is currently Lieutenant on 3 Unit.

Sam has been married to his wife Abby for 20 years and they have two sons, Anonthy age 16 and Joey age 13. He resides in Licking County Ohio and enjoys strength training and relaxing when he has spare time.

Firefighter/Paramedic Louis Mittelman

Firefighter Louis Mittleman joined the fire service in 2009 and obtained his Paramedic certification in 2011.   Firefighter Mittelman joined Harlem Township Division of Fire in July of 2019.  Prior to being hired at Harlem Township, Firefighter Mittelman worked at Liberty Township Fire Department, Hebron Fire Department and Truro Township Fire Department. 

Firefighter Mittleman is currently assigned as Firefighter in-charge (FFIC) to 3 unit and is actively working towards obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Fire Science and Emergency Management through Purdue University. 

Firefighter Mittelman graduated from Dublin Coffman High School in 2007 and he currently resides with his wife and three kids in Columbus, Ohio.
In his spare time, he enjoys coaching youth baseball and working with Boy Scout troop 200. 

Firefighter/Paramedic Ian Seum 

Ian Seum was hired onto the Harlem Township Division of Fire in August 2022. He is a fulltime firefighter, assigned to 1 Unit. Firefighter Seum began his firefighting training in high school, and by the time he graduated, was a certified firefighter and EMT-Basic in the state of Ohio. Firefighter Seum enrolled in paramedic school shortly after graduation, and became a nationally registered paramedic in 2021.

Firefighter Seum worked part-time at a department near Dayton prior to joining Harlem Township Division of Fire.

Firefighter Seum enjoys working in Harlem Township because, “I have family and friend ties to Harlem Township, and love serving a community where everyone is treated like family.”