Nietert and Kazarian receive University Heights honors

Patrolman Kyle Nietert is Public Servant of the Year. Photos courtesy of the City of University Heights.

The City of University Heights recognized several residents at its Dec. 5 city council meeting. Patrolman Kyle Nietert was honored as Public Servant of the Year. Anita Kazarian was named Citizen of the Year.

Nietert was the first responder to a burning home, occupied by the Seltzer family, on July 9. A proclamation from the city said that Nietert “displayed selfless action” in saving the family and that his actions “serve as a shining example of heroism and courage to a grateful community and an inspiration to all of us.” Nietert was in attendance Dec. 5 to accept the honor. 

Kazarian, a 29-year resident of University Heights, was honored for her service to the community. She served as a member of the Police Auxiliary, the City Beautiful Commission, and the Community Emergency Response Team, and as chair of the city’s 45th Memorial Day Parade. Kazarian volunteers with many nonprofit organizations, including the Cleveland Institute of Music Women's Committee and the Friends of Apollo's Fire. She is a volunteer journalist for the Heights Observer community newspaper, an ambassador to, a WJCU 88.7 FM radio host for the Armenian Radio Hour, a member of the International Piano Competition Gala Committee, a member of St. Gregory of Narek Parish Council and the Entrepreneurs Association of John Carroll University.

The proclamation said, “The City of University Heights considers our resident Anita Kazarian to be a civic treasure because of her tireless efforts to improve our community and make University Heights known as a wonderful place to live.

Kazarian chose not to attend the ceremony. In an e-mail to Mayor Infeld, Kazarian declined the honor, saying “I appreciate your consideration of me. However, I believe there are others who would be more appropriate recipients than I.”

University Heights also presented certificates of recognition to the Gesu Boys Baseball Team for winning the CYO City Championship and to Beaumont School’s Varsity Volleyball Team for advancing to the state semifinals.

Deanna Bremer Fisher

Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 11:42 AM, 12.06.2011