Dr. Timothy S. Manuel, along with Dr. William R. Marriott, is the 2002 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient from the Wright State University School of Medicine. A physician with New Century Physicians at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Marriott is board certified in emergency medicine. His specializations include dive medicine, tactical emergency medicine and confined space medicine.
As assistant medical director for Miami Valley Urban Search and Rescue, Manuel was part of Ohio Task Force One, which was deployed to New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. Manuel spent nine days working 12 to 14 hours each day assisting rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. For his efforts, he was a recipient of the first State Fire Marshal Award for Heroism.
Manuel's experience reminded him of a line of dialogue from the television show M*A*S*H: "Rule number one-soldiers die; rule number two-doctors can't change rule number one."
Manuel is medical director for the Bellbrook Fire Department, where he has been a volunteer firefighter and medic for more than 20 years. His interests also include complimentary alternative medicine specializing in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Xenia Mayor Mary Graves recently recognized Manuel's accomplishments with a plaque in the city's new Wall of Honor.