LIMA — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost was in Lima Tuesday night at the Old Barn Out Back for the annual Top Cop banquet, hosted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Allen, Hardin and Putnam Counties.
MADD officials asked each department to select two officers for the Top Cop awards.
“I’m just so honored to be able to do this. It’s great to recognize the work that our officers do to keep our highways safe and save lives,” said Yost.
Area law enforcement officers were honored for what they do to keep impaired drivers off the road.
“The awards that we’re giving here tonight also make the point don’t drink and drive because you’re going to get busted and the consequences are huge. Be responsible. Respect the community. Respect your neighbors. If you’re going to drink, don’t drive,” said Yost.
Yost was mainly in Lima to thank the officers and to hand out the Top Cop awards.
“Thank you for doing what you do and for being persistent at it, because this work is done under ugly circumstances. It’s not a lot of fun, as anybody who’s dealt with a drunk in the rain and the cold knows,” said Yost.
Receiving Top Cop awards were Patrolman Amy Geiger and Patrolman John Iten from the Ada Police Department; Deputy Richard Jacomet and Deputy Robert Wintersteller from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office; Officer Dominic Francis and Officer Eric Rayle from the Bluffton Police Department; Patrolman George Closson and Sgt. Alec Cooper from the Delphos Police Department; Deputy Mason Treen and Deputy Christopher Fannon from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office; Officer Robert Fitzgerald from the Leipsic Police Department; Patrolman Scott Luedeke and Patrolman Benjamin Kuney with the Lima Police Department; Trooper Brandon Schreiber and Trooper Chad Recker from the Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol; Sgt. Matt Dyer from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol; Officer Shane Vance from the Ottawa Police Department; Capt. Reid Foust and Patrolman Miles Truex from the Perry Township Police Department; Deputy Chris Verhoff and Deputy Braden Skilliter from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office; and Patrolman Corey Wilson and Sgt. Robert Kohli from the Shawnee Police Department.
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