Columbus – The Patrol’s 166th Academy Class graduated Friday after 30 weeks of intense training. Remarks were provided by Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Thomas J. Stickrath and Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol Superintendent.
The Oath of Office was issued by Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth District, Court of Appeals.
“It was a distinct honor to help recognize the 42 cadets graduating from the Academy today as they commit to living a life of service with respect,” said Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. “Joining the Ohio State Highway Patrol requires a commitment to service in every sense of the word, and I commend the men and women of the 166th graduating class for their dedication and perseverance.”
Courses completed by the 166th class included; crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense, and emergency vehicle operations.
Trooper Emily S. Coakley, Zanesville, was selected as class speaker and thanked the Academy and cadet family members for being supportive during their training.
Four graduates received special honors for top performance in various fields of study at the Training Academy. The honorees were:
.Overall performance – Trooper David J. Paul, Canfield Post
.Top performance in academics – Trooper Andrew B. Lash, Milan Post
.Top performance in driving – Trooper Blake S. Combs, Georgetown Post
.Top performance in firearms – Trooper Eric C. Maskey, Marion Post
.Top performance in physical fitness – Trooper David J. Paul, Canfield Post
Each of the graduates will report to their posts on Sunday, January 19, 2020. The graduates’ first 70-working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran officer. The new graduates are assigned to 24 of the Patrol’s 59 posts.