BUCYRUS - Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Michael D. Smith has been selected as the 2020 Bucyrus Post Trooper of the Year.
The selection of Trooper Smith is in recognition of his outstanding service during 2020 at the Bucyrus Post. Fellow troopers stationed at the Bucyrus Post chose Trooper Smith based on his leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous, treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude and cooperation with supervisors, peers and the public.
Trooper Smith joined the Patrol in 2011 and has served at the Bucyrus and Marion posts. He is a lifelong resident of Upper Sandusky and a graduate of Upper Sandusky High School. Prior to becoming a state trooper, he also served in the United States Army.
Other Patrol awards Trooper Smith received in the past include the Health and Physical Fitness Award, Safe Driving Award, the ACE award in auto larceny, and the Criminal Patrol Award.
Trooper Smith, his wife, Erin, and their three children reside in Wyandot County.
In addition, Ohio State Highway Patrol Dispatcher Stephanie Evans has been selected as the 2020 Ohio State Highway Patrol Dispatcher of the Year Award winner at the Bucyrus Dispatch Center.
The selection of Dispatcher Evans is in recognition of outstanding service during 2020 at the Bucyrus Dispatch Center. The center serves Crawford, Marion and Wyandot counties. Sworn officers and dispatchers chose Stephanie based on her technical job knowledge and ability, enthusiastic work attitude, teamwork, and prompt and courteous response to the public’s requests for information and assistance.
Dispatcher Evans joined the Patrol in 2005. She was chosen as Dispatcher of the Year in 2008, 2014, 2018 and District Dispatcher of the Year in 2014.
Dispatcher Evans and her husband, Matt, live in Crawford County with their three children.