Sgt. Aaron Ward of the Columbus Division of Police was recently honored by the Knights of Columbus for his dedication, leadership, and tireless service to veterans and the citizens of Columbus. Sgt. Ward received the 2018 Public Service Award, which is presented annually to a police officer or firefighter who demonstrates exceptional service to the community both on and off-duty.
A 21-year veteran of the United States Navy, Sgt. Ward has been with the Columbus Division of Police for 17 years. In that time, he has worked tirelessly as an advocate for veterans and their families, providing both counselling and referral service wherever they are needed. As both a law enforcement officer and a military man, Sgt. Ward possesses a special understanding of the needs of veterans and their families. He has provided counselling and related assistance to some 22 families coping with the difficulties associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and also provides free financial planning for veterans, active duty military personnel, and first responders. Sgt. Ward consistently displays professionalism and a service mentality to others, and is widely respected by peers, supervisors, and the officers he works with on a daily basis.
Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, the Fraternal Order of Police, and United Dairy Farmers take great pleasure in recognizing Sgt. Aaron Ward of the Columbus Division of Police as Police Officer of the Month for January.