COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) - Two local law enforcement officers were recognized Wednesday by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Youngstown police officer Brad A. Ditullio was awarded the Distinguished Law Enforcement Valor Award at the Law Enforcement Conference in Columbus.
On Dec. 16, 2012, Ditullio was patrolling his beat when he observed a driver commit a traffic violation. He activated his lights and siren and pursued the vehicle. The suspect began driving through backyards, creating a threat to residents and traffic.
Ditullio positioned his cruiser ahead of the subject’s vehicle to prevent him from fleeing. The driver accelerated forward, hit Ditullio and dragged him on the ground. Ditullio yelled for the driver to stop and pulled his weapon.
Ditullio fired his gun, striking the driver. The suspect was charged with felonious assault.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Dean G. Michael was awarded the Mark Losey Distinguished Law Enforcement Service Award.
Michael has led the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force division since 2004. He has cleared nearly 11,000 warrants and arrested more than 7,300 fugitives on charges of homicide, assault, robbery and narcotics.
The task force has grown under Michael’s leadership from 10 officers to more than 80, representing dozens of agencies in the Youngstown area.
"These award winners were chosen for their bravery and for their service to their profession," said Attorney General Mike DeWine. "They have all contributed towards protecting Ohio's families, and for that we thank them."
Members of the Ohio Law Enforcement Awards Committee review the award nominations and select each recipient.
Twelve other law enforcement officers across the state received awards at the ceremony, including:
- Danielle Smoot, Cole's Warriors, Clark County: Distinguished Civilian Leadership Award
- Chief Rick W. Patterson, Fairfax Police Department: Distinguished Law Enforcement Lifetime Achievement Award
- Sgt. Thomas M. Aldrich, Jackson Police Department: Distinguished Law Enforcement Community Service Award
- Sgt. Donald E. Barrera, Highland County Sheriff's Office: Distinguished Law Enforcement Community Service Award
- Deputy David S. Fatheree, Summit County Sheriff's Office: Distinguished Law Enforcement Training Award
- Career Criminal Unit, Columbus Division of Police: Distinguished Law Enforcement Group Achievement Award
- Craigslist serial murder investigation: Distinguished Law Enforcement Group Achievement Award
- Officers Jason W. Huston, Terry L. Taylor and Robert E. Thomas, Franklin Township Police Department: Distinguished Law Enforcement Meritorious Service Award
- Officer Steven D. Davis, Solon Police Department, and Gregory V. Ivory, Springfield Police Division: Distinguished Law Enforcement Valor Award
UPDATE: A shooting suspect, and possibly two suspects, managed to get away from police after a shooting just before 10 p.m. Monday.
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