By Frank Lewis
Two Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers from this district have received statewide awards. Trooper Nicholas L. Lewis of the Portsmouth Post and Trooper Drew W. Kuehne of the Jackson Criminal Patrol have each received Criminal Patrol awards.
Trooper Lewis is assigned to the Portsmouth post, but has been temporarily assigned to the Jackson District Criminal Patrol unit. Trooper Kuehne was assigned to the Portsmouth Post until he became a K9 handler who is also assigned to the Jackson District Criminal Patrol unit.
On Tuesday, the OSHP announced their 2015 Second Quarter Ace and Criminal Patrol Awards. The recipients were honored with the Ace Award or Criminal Patrol Award at a ceremony held at the Patrol’s Training Academy by Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent.
“This is the fifth year Trooper Lewis has won the Criminal Patrol award and the second year for Trooper Kuehne,” Lt. Karla Taulbee of the Jackson District of the OSHP said. “Trooper Lewis was Trooper Kuehne’s coach when he got out of the academy. Trooper Lewis was a great teacher. They both are very hard workers who are driven to stop the drugs from coming into our area. I am very proud of both of them.”
Pride said troopers are continually looking “beyond the plate” in order to remove drugs from Ohio communities and return stolen vehicles to their rightful owners.
The Criminal Patrol Award is for excellence in felony enforcement and is given yearly to those who open at least 12 felony cases. The Ace Award is for excellence in auto larceny enforcement. Each winner will receive a certificate, uniform ribbon, and an Ace license plate for display on his or her cruiser.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.