Patrolís Tpr. Dubelko to Receive Certificate of Recognition for Life-Saving Actions

WARREN Ė Tpr. Daniel J. Dubelko of the Warren Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol was honored today for his life-saving actions after subduing a man who was trying to harm himself. He was presented with a Certificate of Recognition at the Warren Post by Capt. Chris J. Zurcher, Cleveland District commander.

On December 27, 2013, at 1:04 a.m., the Warren Post was advised to be on the lookout for a suicidal male driving a gold Ford Escape on State Route 46. Tpr. Dubelko located the vehicle traveling northbound and followed it as the driver pulled into the parking lot of a local hotel.. As the driver exited the vehicle, Tpr. Dubelko made contact with him. The driver consented to a pat-down, but started to reach into his right coat pocket. Tpr. Dubelko removed his hand from the pocket and ordered him to stop moving. Instead, the driver put his hand in his left coat pocket. Tpr. Dubelko subdued and handcuffed him without incident. When Tpr. Dubelko found a loaded Taurus semi-auto .22 handgun in the driverís left coat pocket, the driver stated he had intended to check in to the hotel and commit suicide. When asked about reaching for the weapon, the man said he did not want to go back to the hospital and he was going to shoot himself or make the trooper do it to avoid going back. The driver was subsequently transported to Trumbull Memorial Hospital for evaluation. Due to Tpr. Dubelko courageous action, he was able to save the manís life.

Tpr. Dubelko joined the Patrol in March 2006 as a member of the 146th Academy Class.. He received his commission in October of that year and was assigned to the Norwalk Post. In 2008, he transferred to the Canfield Post. Several months later he transferred to the Warren Post, where he earned the Certificate of Recognition in 2009 and the Post and District Trooper of the Year in 2010. In 2011, he transferred to the Ashtabula Post, before returning to his most recent assignment at the Warren Post in 2013.