COLUMBUS — Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell was given the Outstanding Peace Officer for 2018 award at the annual conference of The Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association on Nov. 29.

Sheriff Campbell accepted the award at the OPAA Annual Awards Banquet at the Columbus Downtown Hilton. Helping to make the presentation were Stark County Prosecutor John Ferrero, Chairman of the OPAA’s Awards Committee, and Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Ryan Styer, who nominated Sheriff Campbell.

Styer said, "I nominated Sheriff Campbell based on his outstanding work throughout his career, but particularly based on how his instincts and hard work made a critical difference in the 2016 abduction, assault and attempted murder case in Mineral City. His quick action in following the 11-year-old victim to Akron Children’s Hospital with the hope of getting a description of the perpetrator led almost immediately to his capture as dusk was setting in. It is very possible that, without his quick instincts, the perpetrator would still be running from justice. Instead, Sheriff Campbell helped this brave, young man, known in the community as the Mineral City Warrior, capture the perpetrator, and he helped the boy through the rigors of preparing to testify. The jury returned a verdict of guilty on all counts, the perpetrator is serving life without parole, and the appeals were exhausted earlier this year.

"I am glad the committee selected Sheriff Campbell for this prestigious award. It is certainly well-deserved. I think our community knows that. Now, Ohio knows."