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Local resident part of highway patrol’s 154th graduating class

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s 154th Academy Class graduated 63 cadets Friday after 22 weeks of intense paramilitary training.

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Members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s 154th Academy Class, which includes Rushsylvania resident Tyler Easter, line up Friday for a graduation ceremony in Columbus. PHOTO | OSP

Tyler W. Easter of Rushsylvania was one of the graduates. He will be assigned to the Milan Post.

Fellow cadet Blake C. Prather of West Union will be assigned to the Marysville Post that covers Logan and Union counties.

The keynote address was provided by Ohio Senate President Keith Faber,R-Celina. Additional remarks were provided by Director Thomas P. Charles of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Patrol Superintendent Col. John Born and Capt. Brigette Charles, academy commandant.

Oaths of office were issued by Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Ohio Court of Appeals.

Courses completed by the 154th class included core values, crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense and emergency vehicle operations.

Trooper Daniel J. Schritter of South Point was selected as class speaker, and he thanked the academy and cadet family members for being supportive during their training.

Three of the graduates received special honors for top performance in various fields of study at the Patrol Academy. The honorees were: Trooper Justin P. Lister of Rodman, New York, overall performance, top performance in firearms, and top physical fitness; Tpr. Clayton A. Grubb, Cleveland, top performance in academics; Trooper Aaron M. Ross, Somerset, Ky., top performance in driving.

Additionally, the following cadets were recognized for their leadership: Daniel J. Schritter of South Point; Cody K. Quattlebaum of Chesterhill and Brittany N. Kenney of Sabina.

Each of the commissioned troopers will report to their posts Monday. The graduates’ first 60 working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran officer. The new graduates are assigned to 35 of the Patrol’s 58 posts.

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