Columbus District

The Ohio Troopers Caring – 2009 Shop with a Trooper program was another huge success this year thanks to all the volunteers from the Division who came out to help brighten the holidays for children in Central Ohio. A sincere THANK YOU for all your time and efforts. This year, we again received outstanding support from Wal-Mart, Meijer, Polaris Fashion Place and the Ohio Troopers Caring Organization.

Wal-Mart sponsored 10 children for a total of $1,000.00 and also provided a breakfast snack, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and some great help shopping and wrapping from dedicated store associates, some of whom have been participating for at least the last five years.

Meijer sponsored 75 children at three different locations over the weekend for a total donation of $9,375.00. Their program also included a breakfast or lunch for the children and some great volunteers to help wrap the presents from the Canal Winchester Cheerleading Squad, the Dublin Coffman Cheerleading Squad and associates from the stores.

Polaris Fashion Place also came through with a donation of $1,000.00 that was utilized by the volunteers from the Division and the kids from the Westerville Central High School Key Club. This donation along, with $500.00 from OTC was utilized to purchase as many gifts as we could for children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The group bought lots of great items that the hospital was very glad to receive.

In memory of Tpr. Frank Vazquez, we were joined by Frank and Jane Vazquez, Chrissy Vazquez-Ensoll, and son, Noah, at Polaris and by Chrissy and children, Christian and Kyra, at the Canal Winchester event, and we appreciated the special help from their family.

This year we also obtained a new donation from Host Communications for Children’s Hospital. An area of high need during the holidays is for kids age 13 and older, so Host donated 100 sets of Ohio State Football Programs from the 2009 season. This donation was valued at $5,600.00. The programs were all sorted into season sets and then bagged and provided to the hospital for distribution. The hospital indicated that this new donation would be great for the older age group and they were very appreciative.

All the volunteers had a great time, as did the children. Many of them wished us happy holidays and offered sincere thank yous for the assistance this program provided to their families.


Tpr. Aaron McMillan participated in the 63rd Annual Needy Kids Christmas at the Mt. Carmel American Legion in Clermont County. The event took place on December 3, 2009. Ninety kids from Clermont County attended the event which is sponsored by all of the American Legion Posts in the county. The children were visited by Santa and Tpr. McMillan presented each child with a Hug a Bear.

Holiday Hospital Visits

On December 23, 2009, personnel from the Ironton Patrol Post conducted the 16th Annual Tri-State Christmas Holiday Hospital Visits. As part of the hospital visits, Lt. M.R. Gore, Tpr. T.L. Coriell and Sgt. C.R. Smith (AKA-Teddy Trooper) visited pediatric units at four local hospitals while spreading Christmas joy and gifts for the kids. Teddy Trooper and the post units handed out holiday gift bags to all the children being treated at St. Mary's Hospital and Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virginia and Kings Daughters Medical Center and Bellefonte Hospital in Kentucky. Approximately 75 children were contacted as part of the program.

On December 13, 2009, personnel from the Ironton Post conducted the Second Annual “Shop with a Cop” program at the South Point Wal-Mart. As part of the program, Patrol personnel and their families helped 12 kids from the Lawrence County area shop for Christmas gifts. The children (kindergarten through 8th grade) were picked from the Coal Grove and Rock Hill School Systems by school administrators.

The shoppers were allowed to purchase items that were both necessities and items they wanted. Each child had approximately $170 to spend on items they wanted to purchase and the money was collected by post personnel through private and personal donations. In all, Ironton Post personnel collected $2,300 for the event. A donation was also received from the Huntington, West Virginia, Police Department Toy Drive Fund.

Shop with a cop

The event was an excellent way for the Ironton Post family to give back to the local community in an effort to give less fortunate kids a better holiday season. Lt. M.R. Gore, Sgt. J.D. Baisden. Sgt. C.R. Smith (Teddy Trooper), Tpr. R.D. McClelland, Tpr. R.S. Boggs, Tpr. K.W. Kobi, Tpr. T.L. Coriell and MRW Stacy Gannon along with their family members were involved in the event.

Wilmington District

On November 5, 2009, the Ohio Troopers Coalition sponsored a dinner for Clermont County Seniors at the Clermont County Fairgrounds. The event was attended by hundreds of senior citizens from the area. This annual event is one that many area troopers come out to support. The dinner included turkey, dressing, vegetable, rolls, apple sauce, pumpkin pie, and good fellowship. The OSHP Drum & Bugle Corps provided a 40-minute concert for the attendees, who also enjoyed an entertaining educational talk that included an active question and answer session.

The audience was very appreciative of the dinner and enjoyed talking and interacting with all the troopers who were there. Captain Bob Johnson and District Staff came out to help out all the troopers serve meals to the seniors.


Tpr. Thurman D. Peterson of the Milan Post is welcomed home by Sgt. Darren Thomas. Tpr. Thurman was deployed 9/25/2008 - 9/23/2009 with the Ohio National Guard to Sinai, Egypt, where his unit was charged with maintaining peace between Egypt and Israel.


Tpr. Heidi Marshall

Tpr. Heidi Marshall recently was inducted into the Cleveland State University Athletics Hall of Fame. Marshall lettered four times each in basketball and softball during her Viking career. She was also a member of the Dean's List during every semester at CSU.


Ret. Colonel Richard (Butch) Collins visited the Mansfield Post on Friday, September 11, 2009, as one of his last official acts as Superintendent. Collins, who retired from the Patrol on Friday, September 18, after more than 31 years of service, started as a trooper at the Mansfield Post.

Ret. Colonel Collins presented certificates of appreciation to local residents Tom and Al Daugherty. The Daughertys had been the owners of the former Daugherty’s Restaurant and service garage, which was located at the intersection of I-71 and SR13. Daugherty’s Restaurant was originally operated by Ken (Doc) and Jo Daugherty before it was passed on to their sons, Tom and Al. The certificates were presented to the Daughertys in appreciation of their years of dedicated assistance to members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Colonel Collins said in the presentation that the restaurant was well known by troopers from around the state. Often during travels to or from Columbus, officers would stop at Daugherty’s to eat or have mechanical repairs made to a vehicle. The members of the Daugherty family became more than business acquaintances, to many Ohio Troopers, they were nearly family. They understood that the troopers were here to serve, and the Daughertys made every effort to assist them in the community and make them feel at home.

Many retired troopers, along with active members, were on hand for the presentation.


Lt. Johnson, Haley Moodie, Tonya Moodie, Officer Fowler

Haley Moodie, 4, and Tonya Moodie, 9, of Wintersville, joined Ohio's Saved By the Belt Club on June 29, 2009. Haley and Tonya were passengers in the family sport utility vehicle when it was struck by a train March 16 on County Road 39 in Unionport.

Several weeks before the crash, Art Fowler Jr., Wintersville Police D.A.R.E. officer (right), spoke to Tonya's Wayne Elementary School class and mentioned the importance of wearing a seat belt. After the crash, Tonya thanked Fowler for teaching her about wearing a seat belt.

Lt. Christopher Johnson (left) presented a certificate to Haley, while Fowler presented a certificate to Tonya. Johnson said Haley and Tonya are "living testimony to the effectiveness of seat belts."


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Sgt. D.R. Reed stopped the author of this piece on US36 in Miami County for a speed violation. Unknown to Sgt. Reed, the driver was the editor of a local newspaper. He wrote this article for the June 10, 2009, issue of the Stillwater Valley Advertiser.


On September 2, 2009, troopers from the Alabama Highway Patrol visited the Toledo Post while waiting to start a special detail. The Alabama troopers were escorting the Troy State Football team to Bowling Green.

Ohio State Troopers Baseball

The Ohio State Troopers Baseball Team will compete at the Can-Am Police and Fire Games August 15-22, 2010, in Dublin, Ohio. For more information about the games and a schedule of events, please visit Irish Is An Attitude

The team competed in a tournament in Chicago September 23 – 25, 2009, with the following results:

Game 1: Ohio Troopers 1, St. Paul, MN, PD 2.
LP – J. Owens (5-hit complete game). T. Scherley, J. Burroughs, J. Garrett, M. Cannon, J. Owens, R. Bingman all 1 hit; J. Garrett – RBI.

Game 2: Ohio Troopers 1, Dallas FD 12.
LP – J. Morris (slipped disc prior to 1st pitch – still managed to pitch 3 1/3 innings). K. Gross (3–3 w/2 2Bs, 1RBI), J. Burroughs (2–3), J. Owens (1–2), J. Garrett (2 BB, 1 run).

Game 3: Ohio Troopers 3, Columbus PD 6.
LP – T. Bee (11-hit complete game). J. Burroughs (1-3, 1 SB, 1R), T. Bee (1-2), J. Garrett (1 BB, 2 SB, 1R), K. Gross (SF w/RBI), J. Bryant (1 BB, 1 R), B. Haislop (1 RBI).

St. Paul PD beat Dallas FD in the final. Other teams in the tournament were Chicago PD and Chicago FD.

 Thomas Bee Delaware Post P, 1B
 Rodney Bingman Swanton Post 2B, OF, C
 Justin Bryant Toledo Post C
 Jeffery Burroughs Circleville Post OF
 Mike Cannon Wooster Post 2B
 Joshua Garrett Capitol Operations OF
 Kyle Gross Newark PD C
 Bobby Haislop Chillicothe Post P, 1B, OF
 Rodney Hart Motorcycle Unit 3B
 Scott Hartge Aviation Unit C, OF
 Brock Matthews Swanton Post SS
 Jeremy Morris Piqua Post P, OF, C
 Jeremy Owens Delaware PD P, SS
 Tony Scherley Sandusky Post UTIL
 Lance Shearer Delaware Post OF
 Darren Weathington Dayton Post P, INF

Ohio Police & Fire Olympic Games

The 2009 Ohio Police & Fire Olympic Games were held in Akron on June 15 – 16 and for the first time, the Trumbull County Police & Fire Team won first place.

Showing off their prize trophy are (kneeling left to right): Warren Post Tpr. Lee Sredniawa, Warren Post Tpr. Chris DelGenio, Howland Twp. Police Chief Paul Monroe and Canfield Post Tpr. Ken Robbins. Pictured standing: Bazetta Twp. Police Officer Donnie Utterback, USAF Base Fire Fighters Andy Matejcic, Jeff Pandrea and John Woods, DHQ OIS Tpr. Larry Skaggs, Ravenna Post Tpr. Jonathan Ganley, Warren Firefighter Ken Horm and Howland Twp. Police Officer John Coleman. Andrew and Aaron Robbins, the sons of Tpr. Robbins and Abbey Sredniawa, the daughter of Tpr. Sredniawa are also pictured kneeling.

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