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Covington Police Officer to Be Honored as Outstanding Kenton Graduate

Covington Police Lieutenant Justin Wietholter will receive the Team Kenton Foundation's Outstanding Graduate award.

The award is given to a graduate of one of the three high school's that are part of the Kenton County School District.

Wietholter is a graduate of Scott High School in Taylor Mill.

He is a patrol supervisor and SWAT team commander in the Covington Police Department.

In 2015, he was recognized as Police Officer of the Year by the Northern Kentucky Police Chiefs Association after saving the life of a 9-year old girl, rescuing her from a house set on fire by an arsonist.

Wietholter also serves as vice president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 and as a state lodge trustee.

He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and master's degree in executive leadership and organizational change from Northern Kentucky University.

“Justin Wietholter is a rising star in local law enforcement,” wrote Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders, who nominated Wietholter for the award.

The award will be given on April at the Newport Aquarium.

Tickets from this event are $75 and will benefit the Team Kenton Foundation, which is an independent non-profit organization created for the purpose of raising funds for, and increasing community awareness of, issues that will directly impact student learning and educational opportunities at all levels throughout the Kenton County School District. More specifically, tickets sales will go toward funding college and career certifications for students who want to take the tests, but may not be able to afford the fees.

Tickets for the event may be purchased at the Team Kenton Foundation’s website,

-Staff report

Photo: Justin Wietholter (provided)