State Fire Marshal Kevin S. Reardon presented Wakeman Police Officer Steve Pozniak with the Ohio Fire Service Citizen’s Award Thursday for rescuing a young girl from an apartment fire back in January.
Pozniak was off duty, working as a security guard at a Cleveland apartment complex on Jan. 26 when he heard screaming coming from a nearby townhouse. He quickly arrived on scene and discovered an 8-year-old girl leaning out of a third-story window.
Without a second thought, Pozniak leapt atop his security vehicle and beckoned the child to jump. In an incredible act of trust, the girl overcame her fear and jumped, allowing Pozniak to break her fall and escape the blaze uninjured.
“When you saw the situation, without hesitation or regard for your own life, you responded and saved that girl’s life. You are a credit to yourself, your community and all Ohioans,” said Marshal Reardon. “We’re very proud of you and I know the city of Cleveland is very proud of you.”
The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) is dedicated to providing meaningful and cost effective security training for security guards and protection officers.
We believe that education is a necessary and essential part of professional security training and the security officer’s background. IFPO serves individuals, security companies, and organizations that have their own private security staff. Our students and members benefit from the recognition and standing that the prestigious IFPO certification conveys.
International Foundation for Protection Officers Mission Statement
Mission Statement Part I.
The International Foundation for Protection Officers provides professional learning opportunities for security practitioners, to impart the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to maximize job performance and enhance career potential.
Purpose: to make a positive difference in the quality of the participant’s job performance and elevate the professional status of students who partake of our learning opportunities.
Business: to supply committed security practitioners with a quality education to help achieve their highest potential and provide recognized accreditation for successful completion of educational goals.
Values: commitment, integrity, responsibility, and standards of excellence, provide the platform that supports our journey as we pursue our mission.
Commitment to Excellence: To be the recognized center of excellence and primary provider of education and training products and services to the security industry.
Mission Statement Part II.
“The International Foundation for Protection Officers is committed to the support and professional development of protection officers and supervisors. Through advocacy, promoting training standards, and providing accessible training, education and certification opportunities, we seek to enhance their professional standing as well as increase and diversify the value of the vital services they provide.”