photo courtesy of MIKE OLIVER
Mike Oliver, left, receives his Highway Patrol commission from Col. Phillip Meek in 1982 after graduating from highway patrol school.
Top trooper retires

Mike Oliver knew he wanted to be a Highway Patrol trooper at age 6.
He was standing up in the backseat of his parent’s car on Doc Garris Road south of Lancaster when a drunk driver sideswiped them and sent them into a ditch. The driver didn’t stop.
“Daddy was able to turn around and follow him home,” Oliver recalls. “I can remember the trooper coming to the scene, and me and Daddy got in the car to show him where the man lived.”
The trooper went inside the man’s house and hauled him out to face charges.