Wall of Fame 2005
Ms Debra E. Lautzenhiser Heidrich
Ms Debra E. Lautzenhiser Heidrich graduated from Lake High School in 1973. Graduations from The Ohio State University (1977 BSN) and Case Western Reserve University (1985 MSN... Masters in Medical-Surgical Nursing) followed soon thereafter.
While pursuing her busy career as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse and a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse, Debra finds time to serve as an active volunteer and to publish numerous articles and present on a variety of topics.
She served as the Executive Director of the Compassionate Care Task Force from 2003 to 2005. This state-appointed task force was designed to study and make recommendations regarding care of persons with terminal illness or severe chronic pain in Ohio. Debra was the recipient of the Oncology Nursing Society’s Excellence in Supportive Care Award in 2004. This award recognizes excellence and dedication to supportive care, including psychosocial support, symptom management, and palliative care.
Mr. William H. Pressler
Mr. William Pressler graduated from Uniontown High School in 1949. While in high school, Bill was active in athletics and drama programs. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Thereafter he worked for the Uniontown post office until he retired! While working his fulltime job with the post office, Bill also served with the Uniontown Volunteer Fire Department for 50 years, concluding with four years as the fire chief.
Bill has made time for other service projects, too. He serves as a working site supervisor for the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Canton. He has served in South Dakota and Kentucky on national building projects for them.
Other activities and projects include the Uniontown Elementary School Historic Entrance, the Uniontown Lions Club, and the Grace United Church of Christ of Uniontown. He has also served as the Vice-president of the Uniontown Community Park Board. His service there has included working on the new Veterans’ Memorial, and being part of the “Monday morning crew.”
Mr. Alfred H. Tessmer
Mr. Alfred H. Tessmer graduated from Hartville High School in 1946 where he lettered in basketball, baseball, and football. Al taught 7th- and 8th-grade mathematics and science from the mid-1950’s to 1987. He also coached, including serving as the girls' volleyball coach when one was needed. His specialty, though, was coaching basketball, especially 7th-grade basketball.Al believed that every student "should have a team to play on." He always made sure both the Blue and the Gold teams had uniforms and equipment, even when he had to pay for them out of his own pocket. Every player on his teams was made to feel special regardless of his athletic talents.