By 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has announced the recipients of their 2022 Leadership Awards.

The ceremony recognizes dozens of state and district award winners for their valuable contributions to our state and communities.

The top honor went to Trooper Dana R. Skinner of the Toledo Post, who was recognized as the 2022 State Trooper of the Year. She was selected from nine District Troopers of the Year across the state.

Three north central Ohioans were also honored.

Trooper Bryan L. Butler, Bucyrus District Criminal Investigations Unit, earned the Ohio Trooper Recognition Award. He was selected from 10 recipients across the state. The award recognizes excellence among troopers who are assigned to specialty positions.

Trooper Butler joined the Patrol in February 1997 as a member of the 128th Academy Class. He earned his commission in July of that year and was assigned to the Xenia Post. In 1999, he was selected as Post Trooper of the Year. As a trooper, he also served at the Wilmington and Mansfield posts.

Trooper Butler earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in criminal justice from Sinclair Community College in 1995. He earned a master criminal investigator certificate in criminal investigator from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) in 2016. In 2018, he earned a crime scene certification from the International Association for Identification.

In the Bucyrus District, two members of the Mansfield Post were also recognized. Trooper Jesse T. Hoffer was named District Trooper of the Year, and Michael W. Adams was named District Dispatcher of the Year.

Source: Ohio State Highway Patrol; Photo: Creative Commons License

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