(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—A Mahoning Valley Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper received an award for valor today at the 2011 Ohio Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Conference. Trooper Jason Bonar of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Warren Post 78 received a Distinguished Law Enforcement Valor Award.
“While we honor all the sacrifices law enforcement makes every single day to help protect Ohio families, the awards today recognize individual officers and task forces who bravely serve the citizens of Ohio and have provided distinguished service to their communities and departments,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
Trooper Bonar was recognized for his efforts in stopping an attack on a 66-year-old Trumbull County woman on October 20, 2010. Trooper Bonar was riding his motorcycle off-duty when he saw a bicycle in the roadway. Within seconds, a woman ran from the field with her pants down and helmet askew, yelling that a man had attempted to rape her. When the man got in a car parked in an adjacent driveway, Trooper Bonar blocked the vehicle with his motorcycle. As he approached the man sped off, striking Trooper Bonar with his vehicle. Trooper Bonar called 911 and stayed with the woman until other responders arrived to transport her to a local hospital. Trooper Bonar has since been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
A complete list of all award winners is available online at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/NewsReleases
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