In a building in a bean field between Circleville and Chillicothe, a Washington Township firefighter is helping make a difference in his neighbors’ lives.
By day, Tom Vagnier does what he does best – helping people as a member of the Dublin-area fire department.
But during his off time, he can also be found helping people off the beaten path at his personal training facility he runs with his wife.
“We have a lot of people get lost coming here,” Vagnier said. “You talk about the ultimate man cave, I have it here.”
People call on him there for help - to make them stronger and more able to take on the challenge that life is sometimes.
Ron Leadingham came to Vagnier’s personal training gym after back surgery. At that time, he was not able to take steps without a walker.
“I think it’s excellent. I appreciate what he’s done for me,” Leadingham said.
All of Vagnier’s clients who 10TV’s Kristyn Hartman spoke with said they love him and his facility.
“He’s got a big heart,” said Deb Blum.
They said Vagnier and his place are good for their health.
“I don’t think I’d be here if I hadn’t had this gym to come to,” Mary Ann Delong said.
Delong battles Parkinson’s disease, which tries to steal her mobility. She doesn’t let her disease get in the way of her training sessions with Vagnier.
Delong’s caregiver, Kim Stahr, said that her patient’s progress has been a miracle.
She called the personal training gym, which is open to anyone, a miracle in itself.
“Well, I think the miracles are what they’re doing,” Stahr said.
Vagnier is humble about the services he provides his neighbors.
“I’m the guy who stands in front of the orchestra, waves the wand,” he said.
He’s a conductor who barely charges for his guidance – just $8.33 an hour.
“We have people come as far as West Virginia and as north as Northern Ohio,” Vagnier said. “All word of mouth. We do not advertise.”
He and his wife do not turn anyone away. If someone needs help to get or feel better, the no-frills gym in the field is open to them.
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