Chief Huber will be honored at

the 2021 Clermont County annual ‘Salute to Leaders’

By Chuck Gibson

LOVELAND, OH (June 23, 2021) – Chief Huber will join a list of leaders being recognized from around Clermont County to be honored at the Salute to Leaders event to be held July 21. Josh and Nicole House (Miami Township Award) and Jay Rothenbach (City of Milford Award) will also be among those recognized during the special event at the Oasis Conference Center in Loveland.

Otto Huber, Chief, LSFD (Photo Courtesy City of Loveland)

Huber will receive the City of Loveland Award in recognition of his commitment to the city. He was nominated for the award by Loveland Mayor Kathy Bailey and members of Loveland City Council for his years of service and commitment to Loveland through his work with the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department (LSFD). Under his leadership, LSFD has earned the Class 1 Public Protection rating from Insurance Services Office (ISO) in 2021. It is the highest rating any fire department can achieve making LSFD one of only 383 fire departments across the United States to earn the prestigious honor.

Loveland Mayor, Kathy Bailey (Provided)

“Chief Huber has dedicated 44 years of his life to the health and safety of the residents of Loveland and Symmes Township,” said Mayor Bailey. “He has built one of the finest fire departments in Ohio, maybe the entire country.”

Chief Huber has also led LSFD to earn a dual accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). According to a press release from the City of Loveland, there are only nine other fire departments in Ohio with CFAI accreditation and LSFD is one of just 11 departments with dual certification for both Fire and EMS.

Chief Huber reaches beyond his responsibility as a firefighter in his efforts for the community of Loveland.

He willingly accepted the role of leader guiding the recovery after the 2017 Memorial Day weekend fire gutted the Loveland historic business district. His efforts helped businesses and the city navigate the way back restoring the buildings while improving safety with installed sprinkler systems, increased street access and safer relocation of overhead power lines. Even then, Huber went the extra mile with a commitment to revitalization of the Historic Downtown District with modification to the sidewalk design and encouraging the creation of a strategic downtown plan

The Salute to Leaders Awards program has been led by the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation since 1994. The program takes pride in honoring unsung volunteers and leaders who live, work or volunteer in communities throughout Clermont County.  Cyndy Wright Sellers, Park National Bank Assistant V.P. is a member of the event committee for 2021.

“Salute to Leaders is an extra special, long-standing tradition of honoring our unsung heroes in Clermont County,” said Sellers. “Never has there been another time in the event’s history that we have faced challenges, such as COVID-19. Sharing the good news of amazing volunteers gives us a chance to pause and appreciate how blessed we are.”

They are blessed with community leaders like City of Milford Award Winner Jay Rothenbach. He serves the local community in his role as an employee with the City of Milford Service Department. Rothehbach will also be recognized during the July 21 event.

Josh & Nicole House – Owners Pickes & Bones Barbecue (Photo provided)

Josh and Nicole House own the Pickles & Bones Barbecue restaurant on SR-131 in neighboring Miami Township. They have been selected to receive the Miami Township Award and will also be recognized during the Clermont County “Salute to Leaders” event at the Oasis Conference Center in Loveland on July 21. The owners of Pickles & Bones barbecue have consistently shown their willingness to help others throughout Miami Township with charitable giving. They offer “Dine & Donate” programs to support schools and non-profit organizations in the community.

“SALUTE TO LEADERS” – Presented by the Clermont County Chamber

When: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 – Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: The Oasis Conference Center – Loveland, OH

Tickets: $30 Individual and $700 for table seating 8

For details and to purchase tickets to the 2021 Salute to Leaders awards ceremony, please visit


  • Chris Clingman, Clermont County Park District – The William H. Over Leadership Award
  • Morgan Cravens, Batavia High School – The Up ‘N Over Leadership Award
  • Cincy Kids 4 Kids – Community Award
  • Dennis Brown, Clermont County Board of Health – Community Award
  • John Sinclair, MercyWorks – Rivertree Church – Community Award
  • Clermont County Educational Service Center – Education Award
  • Clermont County Public Health – Health Award
  • Emergency Management Agency – Health Award
  • Martha Enriquez – Batavia Township Award
  • Goshen Township Historical Society – Goshen Township Award
  • Josh and Nicole House, Pickles and Bones – Miami Township Award
  • Libby Bennett – Monroe Township Award
  • Carroll Hinson – Ohio Township Award
  • Lori Wilson – Pierce Township Award
  • Scott Murphy – Stonelick Township Award
  • Bethel Tate School District Bus Drivers – Tate Township Award
  • Brenda Vega – Union Township Award
  • Essential Workers in Washington Township – Washington Township Award
  • Margaret Cannava and The Long Family – Wayne Township
  • Tom Lefker, Williamsburg Junior Athletic Association – Williamsburg Township Award
  • Otto Huber, Loveland Symmes Fire Department – City of Loveland Award
  • Jay Rothenbach, City of Milford Service Department – City of Milford Award