Owens Community College student Joshua Pettit, of Walbridge, has been chosen by the Alumni Association to receive a $1,171 Detective Keith Dressel Memorial Scholarship for the upcoming 2012-13 academic year.
Established in 2007, the endowed scholarship honors the legacy of Det. Keith Dressel of the Toledo Police Department’s Vice/Narcotics Section Special Enforcement Division and his service to the community. The scholarship is given annually to an Owens student at the Outstanding Service Awards who has the courage to become a police officer and embodies the passion, conviction and perseverance demonstrated by Detective Dressel during his career. “Both Detective Dressel and his wife, Danielle, are part of the College’s alumni family as they both attended Owens. The Alumni Association is pleased to award the Det. Keith Dressel Memorial Scholarship to Joshua Pettit, as he is a very deserving recipient of this award and will certainly honor the legacy of Det. Dressel,” said Laura Moore, executive director of the Owens Alumni Association.
Additional selection criteria for the scholarship is based upon recipients being enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours at Owens per semester, holding second-year student status and achieving at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Preference is given to students with aspirations of a law enforcement career.
Pettit is a full-time Owens student, having enrolled as a criminal justice major in the fall of 2011. He graduated from Penta Career Center (Lake High School) in 2011 with a Peace Officer Training Academy certificate.
His campus and community involvement includes membership in the college’s Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club student organization. As an Eagle Scout, Pettit enjoys teaching younger scouts camping skills and volunteers to assist other scouts with their projects. He is also a volunteer with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office Explorers group, assisting at various events and festivals on such activities as parking cars and fingerprinting children. While with the Explorers, Pettit has participated in numerous competitions involving CPR, ticket writing, crash investigation, hostage negotiation and many other scenarios.
Following graduation from Owens, Pettit plans to transfer to Tiffin University and earn his bachelor’s degree before finding employment as a law enforcement officer. Eventually, his goal is to obtain a master’s degree and continue his career with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
From a very young age, Pettit has envisioned becoming a police officer, specifically a drug enforcement agent. “I want to make a difference in the world and what better way to do that than by becoming a police officer,” he said.
In February 2007, Detective Dressel was fatally wounded in the line of duty. He left behind his wife, Danielle, and two children, Sydney and Noah, along with a very large extended family.