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CENTURY OF SERVICE: State Police recognize five for 20 years in law enforcement

December 14, 2011

Sergeant Michael C. Toles

FORT WAYNE – Five Indiana State Troopers recently observed a milestone in their respective careers as a result of achievement, service and dedication to the Indiana State Police Department and to the citizens of the State of Indiana.
According to Lieutenant Tony Casto, Fort Wayne District commander, the following Troopers have completed 20 years of service to the Indiana State Police.
•Master Trooper Mich-ael W. Lantz, a native of Huntington, was a 1985 graduate of Huntington North High School. He attended Vincennes Univ-ersity from 1987 to 1988 where he earned an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement. He then transferred to IPFW where he earned a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice in 1990. Lantz was appointed to the Department on November 24, 1991 as a graduate of the 49th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and was assigned to the former Redkey Post where he patrolled Blackford and Grant Counties for two years.
In 1993, Lantz transferred to the Fort Wayne Post and was assigned to patrol duties in Noble and LaGrange Counties. In January 2010, Lantz transferred to the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Div-ision where he served until November 2010 when he was re-assigned to the Emergency Response Sect-ion where he currently serves as the Explosive Ordnance Disposal member of the North Field Team.
During his career, Lantz has served as a field training officer, a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon, a member of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (Bomb Squad), and as a member of the Clandestine Laboratory Team.
He and his wife Lisa are residents of rural Kendallville with their two sons, Nathan (16) and Kyle (14).
•Master Trooper L. Andrew Smith, a native of Muncie is a 1985 graduate of Delta High School. He attended Ball State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1989. Smith was appointed to the Department on November 24, 1991 as a graduate of the 49th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and was assigned to the Toll Road Post where he patrolled LaGrange and Steuben Counties for six years.
In 1997, Smith transferred to the Fort Wayne Post where he was assigned to patrol duties in Steuben and DeKalb Counties until late 2009 when he was re-assigned to the Meth Suppression Section.
During his career, Smith has served as a field training officer, a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon, and a certified speed timing instructor.
He and his wife Kim are residents of rural Angola with their daughter, Ashley (15).
•Master Trooper H. Allen Morris, no photo provided, a native of Kendallville, is a 1981 graduate of East Noble High School.He attended the University of Wisconsin on a football scholarship, but after injury shortened his career, he transferred to IPFW where he studied secondary education. Morris was appointed to the Department on November 24, 1991 as a graduate of the 49th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and was assigned to the Fort Wayne Post where he patrolled LaGrange and Noble Counties for 12 years.
In 2003, Morris was re-assigned as the District 22 Marijuana Eradication Coordinator, a position that he currently holds. He is one of six Department members that are certified through the Army National Guard

to rappel from the Army’s Blackhawk helicopter.
During his career, Morris has served as a field training officer, a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon, and was a part-time member of Marijuana Eradication until his re-assignment in 2003. He and his fiancée Dawn are residents of rural Kendallville with their daughter Hunter (3).
•Sergeant Michael C. Toles, a native of Fort Wayne is a 1987 graduate of Northrop High School. He attended IPFW where he earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, and from 1990 to 1991, he served as a Reserve Police Officer for the New Haven Police Department. Toles was appointed to the Department on November 24, 1991 as a graduate of the 49th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and was assigned to the Fort Wayne Post where he patrolled in LaGrange and Noble Counties for five years.
In 1996, Toles was promoted to the rank of Corporal and served as a District Duty Officer and in 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and supervised troopers in DeKalb and Steuben Counties. He currently serves as the North Zone Supervisor for the Meth Suppression Section and oversees the activities of his subordinates in Zones I, II and the Pendleton Post (a total of 45 counties).
During his career, Toles has served as a field training officer, a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon, and as a certified defensive tactics instructor.
For three years, Toles was the District 22 Marijuana Eradication Coordinator and he is a 2008 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He and his wife Angie are residents of rural Kendallville with their son Jonathan (15) and daughter Sarah (12).
• Lieutenant Lori J. Petro, a native of Fort Wayne is a 1985 graduate of South Side High School. She attended IPFW and earned a Bachelor Degree in Communications in 1991 and in 2008 she earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Petro was appointed to the Department on November 24, 1991 as a graduate of the 49th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and was assigned to Allen County where she patrolled for five years.
In 1996, Petro transferred to the Drug Enforcement Section where she worked undercover until 2000 when she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant within that Section.
She has since been promoted to the rank of First Sergeant and then in 2006, to her current rank of Lieutenant.
Petro has held numerous supervisory roles during her career and has served as a field training officer, with the Tactical Intervention Platoon, a certified firearm instructor.
She and her husband Jeff, who is a Sergeant with the Fort Wayne Police Department, are residents of Fort Wayne with her step-children Nate (20) and Cera (15).

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