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Warren state trooper honored for saving a life

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WARREN, Ohio - Trooper Daniel Dubelko of the Warren Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has been recognized for his life-saving actions after subduing a man who was trying to harm himself.

Trooper Dubelko was presented with a Certificate of Recognition at the Warren Post by Capt. Chris J. Zurcher, Cleveland District commander on Wednesday.

Early in the morning of December 27, 2013, troopers in Warren were on the lookout for a suicidal man driving a gold Ford Escape.

Trooper Dubelko located the vehicle traveling on State Route 46 and followed it as the driver pulled into the parking lot of a local hotel.

As the driver exited the vehicle, Trooper Dubelko made contact with him. The driver consented to a pat-down, but started to reach into his right coat pocket.

Trooper Dubelko removed the man's hand from the pocket and ordered him to stop moving. Instead, the driver put his hand in his left coat pocket. Dubelko subdued and handcuffed him without incident.

The trooper found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the driver's left coat pocket.  When asked about reaching for the weapon, the man said he did not want to go back to the hospital and he was going to shoot himself or make the trooper do it to avoid going back.

The driver was subsequently transported to Trumbull Memorial Hospital for evaluation. 

Dubelko joined the Patrol in March 2006. He received his commission in October of that year and was assigned to the Norwalk Post. In 2008, he transferred to the Canfield Post.

Several months later he transferred to the Warren Post, where he earned the Certificate of Recognition in 2009 and the Post and District Trooper of the Year in 2010.

In 2011, he transferred to the Ashtabula Post, before returning to his most recent assignment at the Warren Post in 2013. 

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