OSHP announce choices for top honors, promotions

Staff report


Area Ohio State Highway Patrol posts have announced their choices for post telecommunications awards and trooper-of-the-year honors.

Tamara Scheetz has been selected for the 2015 Ohio State Highway Patrol Telecommunications Award at the Canfield Dispatch Center.

Scheetz joined the patrol in 1998 and has served at the Canfield Post and Lisbon Dispatch Center. She is a graduate of Canfield High School and attended Youngstown State University. She and her husband, Robert, live in Canfield with their two children. She has been honored with the post dispatcher-of-the-year awards in 2004 and 2011 through 2013.

At the patrol’s Warren Post in Southington, Nick W. Johnson has been selected as dispatcher of the year. Johnson joined the patrol and has served at the post since 2012. He graduated from Struthers High School and attended YSU. He and his wife, Kelly, live in Struthers with their children, Emma, 15, Hanna, 10, and Nicholas, 8.

Trooper David M. Brown has been chosen as the 2015 trooper of the year at the Canfield Post. Brown joined the patrol in 2012. He is a graduate of Canfield High School. He lives in Mahoning County.

The honorees are in contention for district and state awards to be announced at a later date.

local officers promoted

Col. Paul A. Pride, patrol superintendent, handed out promotions to local officers during a ceremony at the patrol’s academy in Columbus on Dec. 1.

Sgt. Bret O. Henderson was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. He will transfer from the Canfield Post to serve as commander of the Ashtabula Post.

Henderson began his patrol career in January 1992 as a member of the 122nd Academy Class, earned his commission that June and was assigned to the Ashtabula Post.

He transferred to the Canfield Post in 1993, where he was selected as post trooper of the year in 1998 and 2000. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and returned to the Ashtabula Post to serve as an assistant post commander. As a sergeant, he also served at the Warren and Canfield posts.

Trooper Eric E. Brown was promoted to sergeant. He will remain at the Canfield Post to serve as an assistant post commander.

Brown began his Patrol career in February 1997 as a member of the 128th Academy Class. He earned his commission in July of that year and was assigned to Canfield, where he has stayed throughout his career. In 2011, he was selected as post trooper of the year.

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