SDHP awards trooper, inspector with high honors
PIERRE, S.D. — A South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper and a Motor Carrier Inspector will be receiving the Highway Patrol’s highest honors.
Trooper Jeremy Gacke has been named Trooper of the Year, and Motor Carrier inspector Phil Lentz has been named Motor Carrier Inspector of the Year. Both men are stationed in Sioux Falls and have been praised for their devotion to duty and family.
“This year’s honorees share the same traits, most notably their willingness to serve others,” said Highway Patrol Maj. Jason Ketterling. “Not only are they devoted to helping the people of South Dakota each day, they are also invested in their families and their communities. They demonstrate a sense of service each day.”
Trooper Gacke got his start in the SDHP back in 2004, and he is a certified crash reconstructionist and oversees the SDHP’s reconstruction program for the southeast part of South Dakota.
Inspector Lentz joined the Motor Carrier Services back in 2005. In 2021, he completed 959 vehicle examination reports as well as discovering 1,169 safety violations, 215 which placed the driver or vehicle out of service.