We’re all familiar with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
You’ve probably seen their patrol stations or cars.
But what do you know about the people behind the uniform?
Recently, two members of the St. Clairsville post were chosen as trooper and dispatcher of the year locally and for the entire district.
“I wasn’t expecting it all. I just do my job the way I’m supposed to, go home to the wife and kids and that’s it. So when people take the time to vote for me and something like that, it’s definitely touching,” said Trooper Rocky Hise, Cambridge District Trooper of the Year.
“It was an honor to be chosen by all my coworkers. We have a really great group of dispatchers here. We all work together really well, so it was a nice surprise,” added Melissa Rath, Cambridge District Dispatcher of the Year.
Officials said Hise was chosen based on his leadership abilities, his courteous treatment of others and his enthusiastic work attitude.
Meanwhile, Rath was selected because of her job knowledge, teamwork and prompt and courteous response to the public’s requests for information and assistance.
OSHP Lt. James Faunda said he couldn’t be more proud.
“It’s an honor for both of them to work at the St. Clairsville Post. We have a high expectation of excellence at this facility. They represent the state of Ohio well,” Faunda said.
Officials confirm the state awards banquet will be held on February 16th.
Both Hise and Rath are in the running for state recognition.
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