By KAREN KANTNER
Assistant Managing Editor
Five new troopers have taken to Auglaize County roadways to help keep motorists safe.
The new Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) troopers are Nathan R. Wathey, Paige C. Miranda, Brian Mull, Dewaine Anthony Norman, and Corey Resendez.
Wathey, 22, grew up in West Point and is living in Wapakoneta, since his assignment to the OSHP Wapakoneta Post.
The graduate of Beaver Local High School and Kent State University has past restaurant experience and spent time as a junior high wrestling coach.
“My whole life I have always wanted to work in law enforcement,” Wathey said.
In college, an adviser, who retired as a state trooper, inspired Wathey to pursue a career as a state trooper himself.
“The job is everything I expected,” Wathey said. “I love every part of the job.”
Wathey said someday he would like to join the OSHP’s Special Response Team and work criminal patrol.
Miranda, 30, who grew up in Xenia and now lives in Jamestown, is attending Kaplan University to finish her associate’s degree in criminal justice. She also has served in the U.S. Army.
She said she pursued a career as a trooper for the structure and obedience.
Miranda said she likes the job because every day is different.
In the future she hopes to continue to become a more well-rounded trooper, become a supervisor and work on investigations.
Mull, 29, of Delta, lives in Wapakoneta with his wife and daughter.
A Marine for five years, Mull also has studied criminal justice in college.
“I want to be a trooper to serve the state of Ohio and protect the people of the state with the skills that I learned in the military and at the (police) academy,” Mull said. “I enjoy it, it is what I expected so far. The challenge is trying to do everything the right way the first time.”
Specifically, Mull said he would like to get a criminal interdiction K-9 (narcotics dog) or begin flying with the OHSP’s aviation unit as he moves forward in his career.
Norman, 23, who is from Otway, lives in Wapakoneta.
A former iron worker and restaurant server, who also has served in the U.S. Army Reserves, Norman said he wanted to be a trooper to make a difference in the world.
“The job has a lot more paperwork than I expected, but my favorite part is just being on the road trying to find new things to get in to,” Norman said.
As far as future career objectives, Norman said he is perfectly happy with where he is now, but I’m just going to take this career as far as I can, wherever that may be,” Norman said.
Resendez, 22, of Amherst, lives in Bellefontaine.
After earning an associate’s and bachelor’s degree of psychology from Cleveland State University, Resendez knew this was what he wanted to do and that the Highway Patrol was a perfect fit for him.
His father, Richard Resendez, has more than 30 years in law enforcement and the new trooper was raised seeing his dad at work and hearing his stories.
“The job was everything I hoped for and more than I expected,” Corey Resendez said. “By nature of this career, every situation is different and has to be adapted to as it progresses.”
Resendez wants to work heavily in the aspect of drug interdiction and to make an impact not only overseeing counties, but hopefully the state as a whole.