State trooper from Seymour named squad leader

A trooper who lives in Seymour has been promoted to sergeant to serve as a squad leader for the Indiana State Police’s Versailles District.

Zachariah Ruble’s promotion was announced Monday by state police Superintendent Douglas Carter.

His new responsibilities include supervising and evaluating a squad of troopers who patrol the 10-county district.

After graduating from Southwestern High School in Hanover in 1999, he joined the U.S. Marines and served more than five years, achieving the rank of sergeant in 2002.

During his time in the Marines, he was awarded the Combat Aircrew Wings and First Strike/Flight Air Medal for his actions in Afghanistan in 2004.

Ruble attended the 65th Indiana State Police Academy and graduated in April 2006. After graduation, he was assigned to the Seymour District until its closing in 2010. He was then transferred to the Versailles District.

He also served three years as a watch officer in the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center.

As a trooper, Ruble has been a member of the tactical intervention platoon and honor guard and a field training officer. He is certified as a control tactics, taser and firearms instructor and has been a core instructor at the Indiana State Police Academy for five years and recently served as a counselor for the 78th ISP Recruit Academy.

Ruble was promoted after completing the rigorous state police promotional process, which included performance evaluations, written testing, oral interview and review by Carter.

Versailles District Commander Lt. Paul Adams recently said Ruble is deserving of his new position as a supervisor with the state police.

“His experience in the Marines and Indiana State Police career has prepared him to lead troopers at the Versailles District,” Adams said. “He truly represents the values of the Indiana State Police, and I believe his experience and knowledge will be an asset in his new role.”

Besides Jackson, other counties in the district include Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jennings, Jefferson, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland.

Ruble also is very active in his community. He has coached for the Seymour Area Youth Football League and the Seymour Middle School football team. He also has coached baseball at Seymour Middle School and Trinity Lutheran High School.