Avery A. Albright, of Norwalk, has been assigned to the Milan post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Troopers with the Milan post cover the Ohio Turnpike from the Genoa area (milepost 80) to Berea (milepost 160).
Calvin J. Redden, of Plymouth, was assigned to the Fremont post. He is the son of Sgt. Jeff Redden, of the office of investigative services. Calvin Redden graduated from Plymouth High School in 2015.
An area resident, Cody R. Gullett, of Shelby, has been assigned to the Bucyrus post.
Lt. Rick Reeder, Milan post commander, met Albright last week.
“He seems like a good young man,” Reeder said. “He’s a Norwalk High grad.”
Reeder also said he is excited to know Albright is a 22-year-old local resident “who has his priorities straight” and has chosen an appropriate career to protect and serve people.
Albright, the son of Adam and Jodye, graduated from NHS in 2015. He played baseball and soccer for the Truckers.
“I thought about law enforcement in high school and pursued it after high school,” he said.
When asked about why the patrol would be a good fit, Albright said he wants to play a part in removing drugs and “impaired drivers from the roadways.”
“He wants to protect and serve people. … We look forward to him staying in this community and being in the community for a long time to come,” Reeder said.
“He told me he wants to thank his parents for the support they have given him and (for making) him the young man he is.”
Albright, Gullett and Redden are graduates of the 165th patrol academy class, which graduated April 26 after 26 weeks of intense training. Class members completed courses on: crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense and emergency vehicle operations.
“Today you begin your service to one of the finest law enforcement institutions in the world,” Gov. Mike DeWine said during the graduation ceremony in Columbus. “As troopers, you have honorably and courageously chosen to put your lives on the line for the safety of our communities and the safety of families on our highways. You are joining the ranks of not just troopers, but also mothers and fathers, community leaders and heroes.”
Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Thomas J. Strickrath and Col. Richard Fambro, patrol superintendent, also spoke during the ceremony. Judge Peter Abele, of the Fourth District of the Court of Appeals, issued the oath of office to the newly commissioned troopers.
The graduates reported to their posts April 28. Their first 60 working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran trooper. The new graduates have been assigned to 33 of the 59 posts in the patrol.