Employee of the Year saves Matthews home from blaze

Matthews’ Employee of the Year is credited with saving the home and lives of Matthews residents.

Jean Omoletski, a member of the Public Works Department, saw smoke coming from the back yard of a house last year during his work day. Omoletski jumped out of his truck and ran to the house where he found the deck on fire, according to a news release from the town.

He used a water hose at the house to put the fire out. A cigarette had fallen off the deck rail onto a pair of shoes, causing the fire which burned the deck and a corner of the house, the release said. Omoletski’s quick-thinking saved the occupants of the house as well as the deck and home.

“Jean is one of the most diligent and safety-conscious employees in the town and the quick and kind action that he took to save this house and family do not surprise me at all. He is one of our best,” said Ralph Messera, director of public works.

Omoletski became a town employee in 2006 as a member of the landscaping division. A native of Florida, he previously worked for UPS. He and his wife, Erica, have two sons, Zachary and Tyler. They are active in their community and Omoletski is the assistant soccer coach for his son’s team.

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