Jennifer Mason has lived in Hamilton for 33 years. She currently works for Fort Hamilton Hospital as the EMS Coordinator. Prior to her role at Fort Hamilton, Jennifer served for 30 years in the Hamilton Fire Department, and was the first female firefighter to be hired in the city. During her time with the Hamilton Fire Department, she also served the Hamilton Police Department as a SWAT member for 10 years.
Jennifer leads the F.O.R.T. (Fort’s Opiate Recovery Task Force) program through Fort Hamilton Hospital. The program’s goal is to reduce the number of drug-related deaths. Jennifer is proud of the F.O.R.T. program as it continues to help those struggling with drug addiction. Jennifer has also worked to change the perception of addiction among the law enforcement community.
Jennifer was a 2016 nominee for Ohio Health Care Worker of the Year and is also a current nominee for the Butler County YWCA award for Outstanding Woman of Achievement.
Which three words would you use to describe Hamilton?
EXCITEMENT. ENGAGEMENT. MOMENTUM.
What is your favorite part about Hamilton?
Although Hamilton is a growing city, I like that there’s still a small town feel. If you ever need help or have questions, you can always find someone to call. You can keep in touch with your neighbors, and everyone is supportive. I enjoy the collaborative community events like Alive After 5 and the concerts at RiversEdge.
What inspires you to be involved in the community?
I like helping and being involved in my community. Helping the underserved is so important to the wellbeing of the city. I know that Hamilton is the right place for me to be living, working, volunteering, and engaging.
What project, business, or person do you think has made the biggest impact on the growth of the community?
The CORE Fund has made a tremendous impact on the community. Renovating blighted buildings has made such a difference around town. Many of the CORE buildings were previously so run down that they were too dangerous for the Fire Department to enter. CORE has turned buildings around and made them attractive properties in Hamilton.
“JENNIFER WORKS AS EMS COORDINATOR, MANAGER, AND LIAISON FOR FORT HAMILTON HOSPITAL. SHE HAS ENGAGED FIRE DEPARTMENTS, POLICE DEPARTMENTS, AND OTHER KEY ESSENTIAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF AND RESPONSE TO THE HORRIFIC INCREASE IN HEROIN OVERDOSES.”
– Joe Schutte
If you could complete one community project without any limitations, what would it be?
Hamilton is a tight-knit community where everyone knows everyone. I feel like there aren’t many transitions out of Hamilton. Hamilton is the kind of place where you grow up and then you raise your family here.
Why should people choose to live and work in Hamilton?
As the F.O.R.T. project continues, I would love to see and create opportunities for community volunteers and involvement. I envision volunteers providing transportation, teaching, and mentoring for program participants. I look forward to continuing to grow the program.