Troopers Thomas P. Halko and John J. Williams have been named 2012 Trooper of the Year at state Highway Patrol's Norwalk and Milan posts, respectively.
The selection of Halko, 29, is in recognition of outstanding service during 2012 at the Norwalk post. Fellow officers stationed at Norwalk chose Halko based on his leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude, and cooperation with supervisors, peers, and the public.
Halko is now in contention for the district and state trooper of the year awards to be announced at a later date.
Halko joined the patrol in 2007 and has served at the Norwalk post. Originally from Youngstown and a graduate of Ursuline High School, he attended Youngstown State and received his associate's degree in criminal justice. Other patrol awards received in the past include the Health and Physical Fitness Award and the Criminal Patrol Award.
Halko and his wife, Kari, live in Oberlin with their 2-year-old son, Ethan.
At the Milan post, the selection of Williams, 36, is in recognition of outstanding service on the Ohio Turnpike during 2012. Fellow officers stationed at the Milan post, chose Williams based on his leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude and cooperation with supervisors, peers, and the public.
Williams is now in contention for the district and state trooper of the year awards to be announced at a later date.
He joined the patrol in 2000 and has served at the Milan post his entire career. Originally from Norwalk, he is a graduate of Norwalk High School.
Williams attended Bowling Green State University's Firelands Campus and Youngstown State University. Patrol awards received during his career are: six commendation letters, four Health and Fitness awards, two certificates of recognition for auto larceny and one safe driving award.
Williams and his wife, Beth, live in Huron with their children: Alex, 12, Alanna, 6, and Ayla, 2.