Since she was younger, Lea Mikes needed to be a state trooper like her father.
She graduated from Shenandoah Excessive College in 1991 and headed for the academy in Columbus. After graduating in 1995, she hit the roads, serving in Ironton and Cambridge earlier than transferring to Marietta in 2011.
But it surely was a shock when she was chosen first as 2021 Trooper of the Yr on the Marietta Submit, then District Trooper of the Yr for District 7, which incorporates New Philadelphia, Steubenville, St. Clairsville, Cambridge, Zanesville and Marietta.
“I used to be in shock and I nonetheless am,” the 48-year-old mentioned Thursday. “We’ve got so many individuals right here at this publish and on this district which might be wonderful troopers and wonderful folks and I nonetheless don’t understand how or why I used to be chosen.”
She mentioned there are 12 to fifteen troopers stationed at every publish and with six posts within the district, she needed to compete in opposition to lots of troopers for the glory.
Lt. Chris Chesar, Marietta publish commander, mentioned the collection of Trooper Mikes was in recognition of her excellent service.
“Fellow officers stationed on the Marietta publish selected Trooper Mikes based mostly on her management talents, skilled ethics, courteous therapy of others, enthusiastic work angle, and cooperation with supervisors, friends and the general public,” Chesar mentioned in an announcement.
Mikes mentioned she was informed about three weeks in the past about reaching the publish award and two weeks in the past for the district award. The Ohio Trooper of the Yr shall be introduced in about two weeks, she mentioned.
Mikes mentioned she loves being a state trooper as a result of she loves having the ability to assist folks. She loves figuring out, on the finish of the day, she made a distinction.
“If I give them a dashing ticket, they hate me for it, but when it will get them to decelerate, I’ve made a distinction and did some good,” she mentioned. “I’m actively doing the very best I can to make a optimistic change in folks’s lives, despite the fact that they hate me for it.”
Chesar mentioned Mikes has additionally acquired further coaching as a visitors crash reconstructionist. She’s additionally acquired different freeway patrol awards prior to now, together with Protected Driving and Legal Patrol.
She mentioned it will likely be two weeks earlier than she heads to Columbus to interview for the state Trooper of the Yr, however she is frequently amazed at even successful the publish award.
“The folks at this publish are wonderful. I’m simply in such shock,” she mentioned.
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