Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, along with the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge #9 and United Dairy Farmers, is pleased to recognize Ohio State University Police Officer Brian Botkin as the recipient of the Bryan Hurst/Tony Luzio Officer of the Month Award for September, and Madison Township Police Detective Keith Mallory for the month of August. Please read details below:
Officer Brian Botkin:
On July 18, 2018, Campus Protection Officer Paul Trojanowski alerted dispatchers that he had observed an individual leaning over the top ledge of the parking garage. Dispatchers Kelly Short, Scott Beck, and Johnna Sells coordinated efforts with responding officers to pinpoint the exact location of the individual, while Alarm Video Monitor Richard Eader utilized his knowledge of the extensive video surveillance equipment to visually access the site and aid officers in the response.
Upon his arrival on scene, Officer Brian Botkin was confronted with an extremely dangerous situation. Without hesitation and at considerable personal risk, Officer Botkin wrestled the person to safety as he stood upon the ledge contemplating suicide. The man continued to struggle and broke free from Officer Botkin multiple times, whereupon the officer employed his taser to finally subdue this very disturbed individual. This incident concluded with no injuries to the subject, Officer Botkin, or other responders.
Det. Keith Mallory:
There have been numerous school threats around Central Ohio the past few months. On February 27, 2018, a social media post resulted in an investigation that a student who attends Groveport Madison Middle School North had posted threatening pictures with guns targeting students and teachers. As a result, Groveport Madison School officials closed all 10 of the district’s school buildings for the safety of the students and community.
During the investigation, Detective Keith Mallory was able to retrieve a cell phone from a person of interest and execute a search warrant. The cell phone was then sent to the Columbus Police Department for a forensic analysis. The information pulled from the phone showed a connection between this middle school student and the threats that were posted on social media. This student was arrested and interviewed. During the interview, the student admitted posting the threatening photos as a joke.
The student was charged and arrested with inducing panic, a second degree felony. The student had a prior charge and arrest of conveying a firearm inside a school building on Dec. 2, 2016.
The award presentation will take place on Wednesday, September 5th, around 10:00 am, at the Fire Fighters Union Hall, 2nd floor, located at 379 W. Broad Street.
Any questions, please contact Marilyn Smith at 614-645-4