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Police officer of the year named

Bellefontaine resident Nicholas Burtchin was named the 2012 West Liberty Police Department Officer of the Year last week during a Christmas party for the department at the Liberty Gathering Place.


West Liberty Police Officer Nicholas Burtchin, right, receives the 2012 Officer of the Year Award last week from Chief Shane Oelker during a Christmas party for the department. (PHOTO | BURTCHIN FAMILY)

Chief Shane Oelker presented him with an engraved clock as a reward for his service.

A 2008 Bellefontaine High School graduate, Mr. Burtchin began working with the department in September 2011. He also holds a law enforcement degree from Rhodes State College.

He has enlisted in the U.S. Army, and will leave in January for boot camp at Ft. Benning, Ga.

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