ORIENT — During the annual Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (ODRC) Employee Recognition week in May, Officers Benjamin Engle and Morgan Spencer were named Correctional Officers of the Year for each of their respective institutions. Named the 2015 Dayton Correctional Institution Correction Officer of the Year was Engle while the 2015 Warren Correctional Institution Correction Officer of the Year was Spencer.
They were honored with certificates and awards from Governor John Kasich as well as the Director of The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Gary Mohr, and friends and family. The awards were presented at the Corrections Training Academy in Orient, Ohio at the 2015 Correction Officer of the Year Memorial Ceremony.
These two Huber Heights natives started their journey in the workforce in 1997 and 1998 as they worked together in various businesses on Brandt and Old Troy Pike. These included businesses like Bob Evans, TGI Friday’s and Autozone. They became great friends and formed a brotherly bond.
After graduation from Wayne High School in 2002 and 2003, they started in their quest to see what adult life had in store for them. They began their respective careers with ODRC in 2003 and 2007. Throughout their careers, Engle and Spencer have worked hard to be the most efficient and professional correctional officers they can be. They have participated in educating fellow employees on policy and procedure, instruction and teaching staff, served on institutional groups, committees and special teams and have always shown consistent habits of taking the initiative to go above and beyond their job duties in a professional demeanor. Both officers began their year reign on July 1.