Gnadenhutten resident graduates from Highway Patrol academyCOLUMBUS -- The Ohio State Highway Patrol held a graduation ceremony for 38 cadets Dec. 16 at the Patrol's Training Academy with one Gnadenhutten resident in the classJoshua M. Zaugg of Gnadenhutten was one of the graduates. He is assigned the Sandusky post of the highway patrol. The Patrol's 149th Academy Class graduated after 31 weeks of rigorous law enforcement training. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland provided remarks for the ceremony. The keynote address was made by Richard Cordray, Ohio Attorney General. Additional remarks were provided by Director Cathy Collins-Taylor, Ohio Department of Public Safety; Captain Kevin Teaford, Interim Patrol Superintendent; Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Ohio Court of Appeals; and Reverend Richard D. Ellsworth, Ohio State Highway Patrol Chaplain. All addressed the graduates and presented their commissions and certificates of training.Courses completed by the 149th class included firearms, traffic and criminal laws, self-defense, human relations and crash investigation training. Cadets also drove on the performance track at the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy (OPOTA) in London. Trooper Andrew C. Baldridge of Carey was selected class speaker and thanked the Academy and the families of the Cadets for being so supportive during their training.Five of the graduates received special honors for top performance in various fields of study at the Patrol Academy.Each of the graduates reported to their posts Monday, Dec. 21. The graduates' first 60 working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran officer. The new graduates are assigned to 20 of the Patrol's 55 posts.