2017-02-09 / Front Page

Officer Hough honored by Rotary Club

By Sam Tunningley


Flushing Township Police Chief Brian Fairchild, Officer Jim Hough and Rotary Club of Flushing members Darwin Scherba and Marty Barta during last Thursday’s Service Above Self Award ceremony. 
Photo provided by Rotary member Seth Esterline Flushing Township Police Chief Brian Fairchild, Officer Jim Hough and Rotary Club of Flushing members Darwin Scherba and Marty Barta during last Thursday’s Service Above Self Award ceremony. Photo provided by Rotary member Seth Esterline FLUSHING - Flushing Township Police Officer Jim Hough is the recipient of the Rotary Club’s Service Above Self Award – a prestigious honor granted annually – for his work inside and outside Flushing High School as the building’s school resource officer.

Flushing High School’s Assistant Principal Marty Barta submitted the letter of nomination for Hough, citing his dedication to the wellbeing of others.

“There isn’t anything that Jim would not do for the students and staff at Flushing High School,” said Barta.

Listed in the letter are examples of Hough’s generosity – he has paid for students who cannot afford to attend special events, helped community school families with moving and attends almost all extracurricular events. In one case, Barta said Hough helped a mother stricken with cancer by taking her kids shopping for school clothes and groceries, and paying bills.

Hough’s first interaction with the Flushing Township Police Department was not as an officer, but a civilian. The past chief had approached him about using his dog for rescues and drug searches, to which he complied, but refused any kind of compensation. In 2003, after much persistence from members of the department, Hough attended police academy.

Hough is still training police dogs – his latest is a 15-month Golden Retriver named Colt. The pup is popular among the student population at the high school, and Hough allows the students to interact during off-time. Eventually, he said, Colt could become a therapy dog.

“I get to go spend every day with my K-9 partner and best friend, Colt. What more could I ask for?” said Hough.

To qualify for the Service Above Self Award, an individual must demonstrate four key principles upon which the organization was founded: truth, fairness, building goodwill and being beneficial.

“Jim exemplifies the highest ethical standards,” said Barta. “In his profession as a police officer, he is conscientious about doing the right thing, treating people fairly and equitably, and treating people with respect.”

Hough splits his time at the school with the police department, on-call and available whenever there is an opening. He said Chief Brian Fairchild and Detective Mark Bolin are “great to work with,” and the school staff is “the brightest and most decent group of people society has to offer.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Rotary Club,” said Hough. “I love my job – and when you love your job, you never work a day in your life.”

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