COLUMBUS — Thirteen felony arrests and convictions have earned the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Criminal Patrol Award for Trooper Joshua G. Stryker. A Mount Vernon native and graduate of Mount Vernon High School, Stryker is with the patrol’s Mount Gilead Post.
OSHP Superintendent Col. John Born presented Stryker with the award in a ceremony at the State Patrol Academy on Nov. 13. He wears a ribbon on his uniform for his achievement.
His cases involved a variety of criminal offenses including stolen vehicles, bath salts in a bag of dog food, apprehending a wanted fugitive with false documents in an attempt to take the identity of a deceased person and vehicular assault. The award is presented yearly to troopers who open at least 12 felony cases.
Stryker was assigned to the Mount Gilead Post when he graduated with the patrol’s 148th class in 2007. He was presented with another award in 2009, a Criminal Patrol achievement, for investigating five felony cases.
He resides in Mount Vernon with his wife, Jessica.