MOUNT GILEAD -- Fredericktown graduate Colton Riley has been selected the Ohio State Highway Patrol Mount Gilead Post Trooper of the Year for 2021.
The announcement was released on Friday.
The selection of Trooper Riley is in recognition of outstanding service during 2021 at the Mount Gilead Post.
"Trooper Riley was selected for this award by his peers, because of his enthusiastic work attitude, leadership abilities, community engagement, and his level of professionalism with his supervisors, peers, and the public," the Post stated.
"Trooper Riley has earned the Criminal Patrol Award in three consecutive years, and is a former ACE Award recipient for excellence in auto larceny."
Riley joined the Ohio State Highway Patrol in 2016 and has spent his entire career at the Mount Gilead Post.
Originally from Fredericktown, and upon graduating from Fredericktown High School, Riley enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
Colten and his wife, Ashley, live in Howard with their children, Kasen and Amelia.