By Mark Zaborney
Blade Staff members Author
James D. Growden, Jr., a law enforcement officer, firefighter, and registered nurse whose assistance provided five yrs as Holland’s 1st and only comprehensive-time hearth main, died Saturday at the Whitehouse residence of his son, John, He was 59.
His carotid artery ruptured, an evident side outcome of radiation remedies taken for most cancers, mentioned his spouse, Cheryl.
Various weeks before, he’d suffered bleeding induced by a partial dissection of the artery. A stent was implanted afterward. He’d been handled for throat most cancers in 2019, and a scan in February showed most cancers metastasized to his lymph nodes and neck. Remedies concluded in June.
The couple lived in Pahrump, Nev. for the previous five many years though maintaining a Toledo-region residence. Mr. Growden had been an unexpected emergency-home nurse at the University of Toledo Medical Center, the former Health care College of Ohio Hospital, and a charge nurse at the crisis division of Desert Perspective Medical center in Pahrump right up until early 2020.
He acquired his nursing license in February, 2005, according to a state of Ohio databases.
His public safety occupation commenced at MCO, where by he was a law enforcement officer. He moved to Holland and turned a full-time law enforcement officer, and a part-time MCO officer. He also joined the Holland volunteer fire section.
“He beloved to enable the general public,” explained his spouse, a nurse and former Holland fire captain. “He preferred to be a community servant and to do nearly anything possible to assistance an specific.”
On the hearth department, he turned a accredited firefighter, paramedic, fire inspector, and teacher. He became fireplace chief in the late 1990s and, as the village sought to bolster its volunteer hearth pressure, he became full-time main.
“Jim was constantly an easygoing, straightforward-to-do the job with, amount-headed employee,” claimed Mike Yunker, Holland’s mayor from 1990 until eventually 2019. “He was a kind-hearted man or woman. He handled people today with respect.”
Main Growden was a draw as the village recruited new volunteers.
“He had a great spirit about him,” his spouse reported. “People today appreciated him, and he beloved to instruct and coach people. He experienced a excellent attitude. He was awesome and quiet.”
He stayed on as a aspect-time village law enforcement officer.
“He was a effectively-educated person who understood how to get matters performed,” mentioned Holland Law enforcement Main Robert Reed, who experienced joined as a portion-time officer in the late 1990s. “He was caring, compassionate. He had a joke for everybody. He was a superior man.”
Holland dissolved its fireplace division in 2005, when it contracted with Springfield Township for hearth and crisis companies. The Growdens shut their firefighting professions then.
Born April 4, 1962, to Patricia and James “Jake” Growden, Mr. Growden grew up in Sylvania and was a 1981 graduate of Northview Large College.
He been given an affiliate degree in enterprise management from UT’s local community and technical faculty a bachelor’s diploma in organization administration from what is now Lourdes College a learn of public administration degree from UT, and a nursing degree from Owens Group School.
Surviving are his spouse, the former Cheryl Rompf, whom he married May perhaps 1, 1993 son, John Growden mother, Patricia Growden sister, Christine Hudson brothers, Joseph and Danny Growden, and a grandson.
Funeral services will begin Saturday at noon in the Walker Funeral Home’s Holland-Springfield Chapel on Airport Freeway, where mates and spouse and children will be been given following 10 a.m.
The spouse and children suggests tributes to Surprise Ministries, Holland, or to a charity of the donor’s selection.
Published by The Blade on Aug. 27, 2021.