Six new Ohio Highway Patrol troopers will report for duty in the Cambridge District including two at the Steubenville post and one each at the Cambridge, Marietta, St. Clairsville and Zanesville posts, following the graduation of 51 troopers Friday.
Joining the Cambridge District are Lucas of Jacobs, of West Lafayette (Cambridge post); Mitchell A. Reynolds, of Newport (Marietta post); Stephen R. Williams Jr., of Cleveland (St. Clairsville post); Ian E. Lowry, of Hubbard and Jesse C. Hagy, of Dover (Steubenville post); and Scott E. Leach, of Zanesville (Zanesville post).
A Belmont County resident, Collin R. Nolan, of Belmont, will report for duty at the Batavia post in the Wilmington District.
The Patrol’s 165th Academy Class graduated Friday after 26 weeks of intense training. Remarks were provided by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Thomas J. Strickrath and Col. Richard S. Fambro, patrol superintendent.
The Oath of Office was issued by Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth District Court of Appeals.
"Today you begin your service to one of the finest law enforcement institutions in the world," said Gov. DeWine "As troopers, you have honorably and courageously chosen to put your lives on the line for the safety of our communities and the safety of families on our highways. You are joining the ranks of not just troopers but also mothers and fathers, community leaders, and heroes."
Courses completed by the 165th class included; crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense, and emergency vehicle operations.
Trooper Gage B. Patterson, Kitts Hill, was selected as class speaker and thanked the Academy and cadet family members for being supportive during their training.
Three graduates received special honors for top performance in various fields of study at the Training Academy. The honorees were:
• Overall performance and Top performance in driving – Tpr. Scott E. Leach.
• Top performance in academics – Tpr. Sean P. Sekola, Hiram Post
• Top performance in firearms – Tpr. Jacob M. Harrigan, Toledo Post
• Top performance in physical fitness – Tpr. Justin T. Picklesimon, Springfield Post
Each of the graduates reported to their posts on Sunday. The graduates’ first 60-working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran officer.