President’s Message

Welcome to the Ohio Chapter…

I want to thank the membership for allowing me to represent them as their 2021-2022 Ohio Chapter President. I am looking forward to the upcoming year as your Ohio Chapter President.

I want to thank Past President Dan Rotmueller for his dedicated service as president during very challenging times. I also want to thank all the outgoing board members and say “Congratulations” to the newly elected board members.

Membership and Education will be my focus as chapter president. If you are a current member Thank You, your participation in the Ohio Chapter IAAI activities will continue to make it the #1 Chapter in the IAAI. The chapter’s 2021 Education Seminar was held at the Wigwam Event Center in November. It was nice to finally have in-person training and I look forward to additional training seminars throughout the State of Ohio.

Again, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your president.


Brian S. Peterman

Passing of long-time Ohio Chapter member, Larry Snyder

December 14, 2022

It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of long-time Ohio Chapter member, Larry Snyder.

LARRY LEE SNYDER, age 81, of Enon, passed away peacefully at home on December 14, 2022. He was born in Clark County on June 27, 1941, the son of Laurence and Anna (Murphy) Snyder.

Larry was a 1959 graduate of Tecumseh High School. He retired from the Springfield Fire Rescue Division in 1994 as a Captain / Fire Marshal after 26 years of faithful and proud service and was awarded Firefighter of the year in 1976. Larry served as a Past Secretary and Treasurer of IAFF Local 333, Past President of the International Association of Arson Investigators-Ohio Chapter, Past President of the Clark County MDA Chapter and was a past member of the Springfield Breakfast Lions Club. Following Larry’s retirement from SFRD, he worked for S.E.A. as a Private Fire Investigator until 2008.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Beth (Benedict) Snyder; children, Scott (Amy) Snyder and Dianna (Carl) Thompson; step-children, Heather (Zach) Workman, Kiel Taylor and Lindsay (Coedy) Snyder; grandchildren, Drew (Tracie) Snyder, Allison (Gideon Loveland) Snyder, Rachel Thompson and Chelsea Thompson; step-grandchildren, Taylor, Nathan, Jane and Henry, along with one brother, Jeff (Susan) Snyder. Larry’s family would like to thank Ohio Valley Hospice for the loving care provided to him in his final days. Family and friends are invited to gather on Monday, December 19, 2022 from 5-8pm in the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME. A celebration of Larry’s life will begin at 11:00am Tuesday in the funeral home, with additional gathering time one hour prior to the service. Memorial gifts in Larry’s name may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or H.A.R.D. Acre Farm.

2023 Board Member Election Results

The 2023 Elections have been completed. The four 2023 board members are Ray McCarthy, Jeff Williams, Tom Habak, and Chris Ruwe.

Karen Corwin was 5th in the elections and will fill the final year of Matt Hartnett’s board position since he gave up his seat when he moved out of state.

Additionally, per our by-laws, Tim Schreadley was appointed Second Vice President since no one was nominated for that position.

Thank you to everyone who voted in the elections. I hope to have a productive year in the chapter.

Jeff Koehn
Incoming 2023 President, Ohio IAAI


Upcoming training opportunities in Ohio and through the International.

Basic Fire Investigations, NFPA 1033 (80 hour course)

The Howland Training Center will be offering Basic Fire Investigations, NFPA 1033 for those interested in becoming a Fire Investigator.

Class Dates:  Monday, January 23, 2023 to Friday, February 3, 2023
Times:            Monday through Friday 9:00 am– 5:00pm
Location:       Howland Station 30 at 169 Niles-Cortland Rd. NE, Warren

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