State Trooper of the Year
Trooper Caleb D. Courson

Tpr. Caleb D. Courson, Marietta Post, was selected from the 10 District Troopers of the Year. Tpr. Courson joined the Patrol in 2001 as a member of the 138th Class. He earned his commission in 2002 and has served at the Marietta Post throughout his career. He is a post leader in total traffic stops, safety belt and OVI enforcement. He is well known in the community for treating the public fairly and for his contributions to charitable efforts like “Buying with Bears” and the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

State Dispatcher of the Year
Dispatcher Angela R. Sisco

Dispatcher Angela R. Sisco, Van Wert Dispatch Center, was selected as State Dispatcher of the Year. Disp. Sisco joined the Patrol in 2000; this was the second time she was recognized as Findlay District Dispatcher of the Year. Her knowledge and dedication to her job set a standard for others to follow. In the Van Wert Dispatch Center’s first year of operation, she proved to be an integral member of the dispatching team.

Robert M. Chiaramonte Humanitarian Award
Trooper Richard Hughes

The Robert M. Chiaramonte Humanitarian Award winner is Tpr. Richard Hughes. This award honors officers who are dedicated to humanitarian causes, both on the highway and in their communities.

In addition to his excellent work for the Patrol, Tpr. Hughes made it his personal mission to help improve the circumstances of needy families in Highland and Clinton counties. With unemployment in both counties around 15 percent, Tpr. Hughes decided to try to reach those in need through the ODPS Operation Feed campaign. He spearheaded collection efforts at local schools and businesses. He used $400 of his own money to purchase prizes awarded to elementary school kids for their collection efforts. He also worked with high school students to distribute collection boxes and to advertise their efforts. In all, Tpr. Hughes collected more than 6,000 food items which he delivered to three local food pantries on his own time. His efforts got the entire community involved and made a difference to hundreds of local families.

Tpr. Hughes joined the Patrol in March 2005 as a member of the 144th Class. He has served at the Wilmington Post throughout his career.

Blue Max Award (Patrol’s top auto larceny enforcer)
Trooper Jared M. Klingensmith

Tpr. Jared M. Klingensmith, Ashtabula Post, was honored with the Blue Max Award for recovering the most stolen vehicles. In 2009 he recovered 14 stolen vehicles valued at $84,595 and arrested eight suspects.

Two of his cases resulted in multiple recoveries. In the first case, after stopping the suspect for a traffic violation, Tpr. Klingensmith found the vehicle’s VIN had been altered. Subsequent investigation led to the recovery of other stolen vehicles, including several ATVs, as well as multiple stolen parts and merchandise stolen from a local Lowes store. In the second case, while off-duty, Tpr. Klingensmith was making inquiries about purchasing a pick-up truck from a used car lot. After receiving suspicious information about the truck, Tpr. Klingensmith notified his supervisors. Further investigation led to confirmation that the pick-up and several other vehicles on or related to the used car lot had been reported stolen through various agencies.

Tpr. Klingensmith joined the Patrol in September 2002 as a member of the 140th Class. He has served at the Bucyrus, Hiram and Ashtabula Posts during his career.

State Criminal Patrol Award
Trooper Benjamin R. Seabolt

Tpr. Benjamin R. Seabolt, of the Chillicothe Post, investigated the highest number of felony cases that led to felony arrests. In 2009, he had 70 felony cases and 81 felony arrests. Most of his cases were drug-related, including several that resulted in the seizure of bulk amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and illicit prescription medications.

Tpr. Seabolt joined the Patrol in May 2007 as a member of the 148th Class. He has served at the Chillicothe Post throughout his career.

Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspector of the Year
MCEI Harold A. Emnett

Motor Carrier Enforcement Inspector Harold A. Emnett, Findlay District, was named the Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspector of the Year. Emnett, a 20-year veteran of the Patrol, began as a maintenance repair worker in the Findlay District and through a series of promotions, became a motor carrier enforcement inspector in early 2000.

Commercial motor vehicle troopers, load limit inspector troopers and motor carrier enforcement inspectors are eligible for the award. The winner is selected based on a written test, personal interview and review of qualifications.

Electronic Technician Team of the Year

The Electronic Technician Team of the Year is the Jackson District Team: ET3 Tyler J. Wolfe, ET2 Robert W. Graves, and ET2 Roger D. Starner.

The winning team is selected from nominations submitted by each district. In 2009, the Jackson Team distinguished itself during the consolidation of all of the district’s dispatching operations to the Jackson District Communications Center. The Jackson team took the lead in this project and also continued to provide efficient service to Jackson District posts.

ET3 Tyler J. Wolfe
ET2 Robert W. Graves
ET2 Roger D. Starner

State Trooper Recognition Award
Trooper Melanie R. Appleman

Tpr. Melanie R. Appleman, Office of Investigative Services, was selected from 11 regional recipients. The Trooper Recognition Award recognizes excellence among troopers who are assigned to specialty positions. Tpr. Appleman is a plainclothes investigator responsible for investigating criminal activity that involves computers and devices that store digital information including crimes such as identity theft, child pornography, and fraud. She joined the Patrol in 1998 as a cadet dispatcher and trained with the 135th Class, earning her commission in 2000.

Employee Recognition Award  (District)
Secretary Robin L. Galvin

A 16-year veteran, Robin L. Galvin, serves as the secretary for the Medina Post and has also been handling the secretarial duties at the Elyria Post. Despite her heavy workload, Robin’s coworkers say she is a pleasure to work with and is able to make each person she deals with feel like her number one priority.

The Employee Recognition Award recognizes excellence in employees who are not troopers or dispatchers.

Employee Recognition Award  (General Headquarters)
MRW2 Roger Hardbarger

Maintenance Repair Worker 2 Roger Hardbarger serves at the Training Academy. Since the retirement of the Academy’s maintenance supervisor more than a year and a half ago, Roger has taken on many of the duties of that position in addition to his own workload. He is known around the Academy as someone who can be counted on to step in and assist whenever and wherever he is needed.

The Employee Recognition Award recognizes excellence in employees who are not troopers or dispatchers.

District Award Winners
Below are District Honors for: District Trooper of the Year, District Dispatcher of the Year. District Trooper Recognition, and District Employee Recognition.

Findlay District – Tpr. Kurt D, Beidelschies, Findlay Post; Disp. Angela R. Sisco, Van Wert Dispatch Center; Tpr. R. Lee Pargeon, Findlay District Headquarters, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement; and Patricia A. Nelson, (Secretary), Findlay District Headquarters.

Bucyrus District – Tpr. Benjamin R. Addy, Marion Post; Disp. Melissa M. Burrier, Sandusky Dispatch Center; Tpr. David A. Norman, Bucyrus District Headquarters, Criminal Patrol; and Mervin G. Harrison (Maintenance Repair Worker 2), Fremont Post.

Massillon District – Tpr. D. Matthew Dowler, Ashland Post; Disp. Elizabeth M. Worrell, Canton Post; Tpr. Randy R. Alexander, Massillon District Headquarters, Investigations; and Robin L. Galvin, (Secretary), Medina Post.

Warren District – Tpr. Bradley M. Bucey, Canfield Post; Disp. Shawn M. Rogers, Lisbon Dispatch Center; Tpr. Alan T. Ogden, Warren District Headquarters, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement; and Julie L. Szeker (Secretary), Chardon Post.

Piqua District – Tpr. Brent D. Johnson, Piqua Post; Disp. Charles E. Williams, Marysville Post; Tpr. Gamel S. Brimah, Piqua District Headquarters, Investigations; and Tamara R. McKinniss (Driver License Examiner 1), Wapakoneta Driver Exam Station.

Columbus District – Tpr. Heidi A. Marshall, Circleville Post; Disp. Melissa D. Baldwin, West Jefferson Dispatch Center; Tpr. Rodney J. Stufflebean, Columbus District Headquarters, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement; and Cynthia S. Kollin (Executive Secretary 1), Columbus District Headquarters.

Cambridge District – Tpr. Caleb D. Courson, Marietta Post; Disp. Richard F. Skelly, St. Clairsville Post; Tpr. Michael E. Stevens, Cambridge District Headquarters, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement; and Jill B. Lee (Secretary), Cambridge District Headquarters.

Wilmington District – Tpr. Mark G. McNeely, Hamilton Post; Disp. Darla M. Johnson, Wilmington Dispatch Center; Tpr. John W. Asbrock, Wilmington District Headquarters, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.

Jackson District – Tpr. Aaron M. Morgan, Chillicothe Post; Disp. Sandra R. Belyus, Jackson Dispatch Center; Tpr. Theresa A. Mikesh, Jr., Jackson District Headquarters, Criminal Patrol; and John Risner (Motor Vehicle Inspector), Jackson District Headquarters.

Berea District – Tpr. Charles E. Ivory, Hiram Post; Disp. Renee M. Strickland, Berea Communications Center; Tpr. Eric A. Weaver, Cleveland Investigations; and LaSondra D. Osbey, (Driver License Examiner 1), East 55th Street Driver Exam Station.

GHQ – Trooper Recognition: Melanie R. Appleman, Office of Investigative Services; Dispatcher of the Year: Disp. Betty A. Tatum, Office of Strategic Services. Employee Recognition Awards: Roger L. Hardbarger (Maintenance Repair Worker 2, Office of Training, Selections and Standards; Daniel R. Johnson, (Accountant/Examiner 3), Office of Finance and Logistics Services; Janet M. McCallister, (Office Assistant 3), Office of Field Operations; John S. Kelly, (Records Management Officer), Office of Investigative Services; Matthew L. Roaden, (Police Officer 2), Office of Field Operations.

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