East Canton woman is dispatcher of the year, Kent man is top trooper

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Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper C. Otis Smith was selected as the 2012 Trooper of the Year and dispatcher Trevor L. Heavlin has been selected as the 2012 Canton Post Dispatcher of the Year.

The selection of Trooper Smith, age 31, is in recognition of outstanding service during 2012 at the Canton Post. Fellow officers and supervisors stationed at Canton Post chose Trooper Smith based on leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude and cooperation with supervisors, peers and the public.

Smith joined the Highway Patrol in 2002 and has served at the Hiram, Ravenna and Canton posts throughout his career. Smith is from Kent and a graduate of Field High School. He also attended the University of Akron, and he served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 2001-06. Other Highway Patrol awards received in the past include: Health and Physical Fitness and Safe Driving.

"Trooper Smith is very active in educating the youth in Stark and Summit Counties on distracted driving, safety belt use and the dangers of drugs and alcohol. He is a leader at the post, and he takes an active role in finding ways to reduce crashes by working in high crash areas. He is also on the law enforcement advisory board at Fortis College," said Post Commander Lt. William Weirtz.

Smith and his family reside in Jackson Township.

Heavlin, age 38, started her service with the Ohio State Highway Patrol in January of 2009. She served at the Wooster Post and is now at the Canton Post. She is a 1992 graduate of Malvern High School and R.G. Drage Career Center. Heavlin also served as a corrections officer, communications officer and deputy at the Carroll County Sheriff's Office from 1995-2009. She graduated from basic law enforcement training at Stark State College in 1999.

The selection of dispatcher Heavlin as the Canton Post Dispatcher of the Year is in recognition for her outstanding service at the Canton Post in 2012. She was also chosen as the 2012 Massillon District Dispatcher of the Year for 2012 and will be considered for Ohio State Dispatcher of the Year in January. Other awards received in the past include Ohio Gold Star in 2011.

Heavlin resides in East Canton with her 10-year-old son.

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