Ohio State Highway Patrol names Joshua T. O’Donnell as its Trooper of the Year for the Steubenville Post

Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Joshua T. O’Donnell has been selected as the 2016 trooper of the year at the Steubenville Post. O’Donnell will become the post’s school liaison, working with teens about the dangers of driving under the influence and texting while driving.— Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Joshua T. O’Donnell has been selected as the 2016 trooper of the year at the Steubenville Post.

The patrol reported the selection of O’Donnell is in recognition of his outstanding service at the Steubenville Post in 2016. Fellow Steubenville Post troopers selected him based on leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude and cooperation with supervisors, peers and the public.

“Trooper O’Donnell was chosen by his peers for the way he displayed all of those things,” said Lt. Joseph Fetty, Steubenville Post commander. “He was chosen because of his service to the public, his service to the post and his interaction with his peers. He is the kind of trooper you ask to do something and you can count on him to get it done in a prompt manner. He is a very good representative of the patrol.”

Fetty said O’Donnell will be taking over the school liaison position and is a certified child safety seat technician, helping the public with the correct use and installation of the safety seats.

“He takes on extra responsibility in addition to his regular duties,” Fetty said.

O’Donnell joined the Highway Patrol in 2013 and has served at the Steubenville Post since his graduation from the patrol’s academy. Originally from Newark and a graduate of Licking Valley High School, O’Donnell resides in Toronto with his fiancee, Kristen.

“It feels pretty good that the troopers I work with recognized my accomplishments and what I do. I have always been a hard worker being raised on a farm. I’m used to hard work,” O’Donnell said.

(Law can be contacted at mlaw@heraldstaronline.com.)

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