Ohio State Highway Patrol graduates 52 troopers

Columbus – The Patrol’s 173rd Academy Class graduated today after 28 weeks of intense training. Director Andy Wilson, Ohio Department of Public Safety, and Colonel Charles A. Jones, Patrol superintendent provided remarks. Chief Gary D. Lewis Jr., Bexley Police Department, delivered the commencement address to the 52 members of the Patrol’s 173rd Academy Class. The Honorable Judge David A. Trimmer, Fairfield County Court of Common Pleas, issued the Oath of Office.Courses completed by the 173rd class include crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense and emergency vehicle operations.Trooper Allen M. Grace, Lancaster Post, 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 – Trooper Joshua S. Carr, Sandusky PostTop performance in academics – Trooper Anthony C. Verardi, Steubenville PostTop performance in driving – Trooper Nathan C. Sims, Gallipolis PostTop performance in firearms – Trooper Joshua S. Carr, Sandusky PostTop performance in physical fitness – Trooper Joshua S. Carr, Sandusky PostGraduates will begin to report to their posts on Sunday, June 16. The graduates’ first 70 working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran trooper. The new graduates are assigned to 37 of the Patrol’s 59 posts.Editor’s Note: Academy Class Roster Attached

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