Fort Jennings grad named Trooper of the Year at Defiance post

DEFIANCE — Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Tyler Blankemeyer, a graduate of Fort Jennings High School, has been selected as the 2021 Trooper of the Year at the Defiance patrol post.

Officers at the Defiance post and dispatchers at the Van Wert post chose Blankemeyer, 25, based upon leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude and cooperation with supervisors, peers and the public alike, according to Lt. Rustin Schack, post commander.

This is the second year in a row Blankemeyer has been selected for this recognition. A native of Pandora, he has served at the Defiance post since 2019.

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