STEUBENVILLE - Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Darren R. Johnson has been selected as the Steubenville Post's 2013 Trooper of the Year.
The patrol reported the selection of Johnson, 31, is in recognition of outstanding service during 2013 at the Steubenville Post. Fellow officers stationed at Steubenville chose Johnson based on leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude and cooperation with supervisors, peers and the public.
Johnson now is in contention for the district and state trooper of the year awards to be announced at a later date.
TROOPER AWARD — Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Darren R. Johnson was named trooper of the year at the Steubenville Post. Johnson now is in the running to be named district and state trooper of the year. - Contributed
"It is very humbling to be voted by your peers," Johnson said.
He said he chose to be a trooper because he wasn't a desk person.
"I'd rather be on the road helping people, making a difference in people's lives. I love what I do," he said.
Patrol Sgt. Barry Thompson said Johnson is a team player, always willing to help fellow troopers.
"He has a positive attitude and is willing to lend a hand to assist others. He is cognizant of the patrol's goals of traffic safety and makes sure he is visible on the road. He is a very hard worker," Thompson said.
Lt. Joseph Fetty, post commander, said Johnson was selected by his fellow troopers for the award because of his job knowledge, work ethic and the way he presents himself as a trooper.
"It is how he portrays himself at the post and how he does his job on a daily basis," Fetty said.
Johnson joined the patrol in 2010 and has served at the Canfield and Steubenville posts. Originally from Stafford, Va., Johnson graduated from West Liberty University.
Johnson and wife, Casie, live in Hopedale with their child, Evan, 3.