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Scott Souders is township’s new fire chief Forrest Sellers

When Scott Souders joined the Mack Volunteer Fire Department in 1980, he never expected it would eventually be his career. Now almost four decades later, Souders was appointed as the new chief of fire and emergency medical services for Green Township. He succeeds former Chief Doug Witsken, who retired. Souders, who is a Green Township resident, has the distinction of being the first Green Township fire chief to have progressed through every rank in the department. “(It’s) being able to make a positive difference in the community when people are experiencing lows in their lives,” said Souders regarding what he finds most fulfilling about being a firefighter. In fact, it was seeing how he can make a difference in other people’s lives which inspired him to pursue fire services as a career. Souders joined the Mack Volunteer Fire Department, which was later consolidated with the Green Township Fire Department, with a friend thinking it would be “a cool thing to do.” Everything changed when he began emergency medical training. “At that point, I realized the idea of helping people medically inspired me to continue in that direction,” he said.

Since then Souders said a lot has changed. He said the demand for service has increased as the community has continued to grow and training techniques have continued to evolve. The technology has certainly improved as well, he added. However, it remains the simplest things which bring Souders the most satisfaction. His fondest memory remains helping deliver a baby about 15 years ago. The expectant mother was in transit between home and the hospital when the birth occurred. “It was a happy time for all involved,” he said. Souders said his goal as the new chief is to help “enhance the department’s reputation with the community.” He said he wants to provide more opportunities for interaction with residents via presentations and educational programs which may range from fire extinguisher training to first aid classes. It’s getting the community to know us in a non-emergency environment, he said. Souders will oversee four stations with a total of 45 parttime staff and 43 full-time staff. Souders has been married to his wife, Alice, for 27 years and has four children – Ben, 24, Allie, 23, Curtis, 18, and Jack, 17. His interests include small engine repair, fishing and singing.

Scott Souders is the new chief of the Green Township Fire and EMS Department. THE ENQUIRER/FORREST SELLERS

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Business owner brings Ryde Cincinnati to Seton Forrest Sellers

The Seton High School girl’s lacrosse team has found a new way to train. Last November, Ryde Cincinnati, a private fitness studio which uses a unique type of exercise bicycle, began operating from Seton, located in Price Hill. “This is unique for a cycling studio to be located at a high school,” said Rachael Dotson, owner of Ryde Cincinnati. Ryde offers a unique style of exercise using what is called Real Ryders, which provide more core movement than a traditional stationary bicycle. The bicycles lean and tilt, Dotson said. Dotson had been considering moving from her previous location when one of her instructors suggested using the room at Seton High School. “I saw an opportunity to work with the students and teams at the school,” Dotson said. About $15,000 in renovations were made to the room such as installing new floors and a stage as well as adding a sound system and lighting. It wasn’t long after the room was renovated that members of the girl’s lacrosse team began using the bicycles for cross training on Wednesday afternoons. “Some of the girls wanted to get involved in the Ryde program as part of off-season conditioning,” said Seton High School senior and lacrosse player Tricia McHale. McHale said the convenience of having a fit-

Rachael Dotson is owner of Ryde Cincinnati, a private fitness studio that operates from Seton High School. THE ENQUIRER/FORREST SELLERS

ness studio on site is also beneficial. “It’s a good way to bond with (the other players) as we condition,” she said. Ryde Cincinnati has evening classes for the community. Additionally, yoga and pound workouts, which are a type of cardio training using drumming, are offered. A portion of the money raised from the classes goes to the Seton High School Athletic Club. Dotson said she is already looking at getting more teams involved as well as bringing other schools into the Ryde Cincinnati program. For information, call 513-236-6136, visit the website or go to Facebook under “Ryde Cincinnati.”

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Seton High School senior and lacrosse player Tricia McHale trains Sept. 27, 2017, on an exercise bicycle provided by Ryde Cincinnati. Ryde Cincinnati, a private fitness studio, has operated from Seton High School for nearly a year. THE ENQUIRER/FORREST SELLERS

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