Highland County Sheriff’s Detectives Erica Engle and Vincent Antinore are pictured with their Highland County Prosecutor’s Officer of the Quarter Awards, as HCPO staff and Sheriff Donnie Barrera look on. Pictured are: (front, l-r) Sheriff Donnie Barrera, office administrator Kathryn Allen and Detectives Erica Engle and Vincent Antinore; (second row, l-r) victim advocates Shelby Burchett and Kayla Conrad; (third row, l-r) office assistant Karen Bridges, administrative assistant Tara Decker and prosecutor Anneka Collins; and (back row, l-r) assistant prosecutors Molly Bolek and Adam King. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
Highland County Sheriff’s Detectives Erica Engle and Vincent Antinore are pictured with their Highland County Prosecutor’s Officer of the Quarter Awards, as HCPO staff and Sheriff Donnie Barrera look on. Pictured are: (front, l-r) Sheriff Donnie Barrera, office administrator Kathryn Allen and Detectives Erica Engle and Vincent Antinore; (second row, l-r) victim advocates Shelby Burchett and Kayla Conrad; (third row, l-r) office assistant Karen Bridges, administrative assistant Tara Decker and prosecutor Anneka Collins; and (back row, l-r) assistant prosecutors Molly Bolek and Adam King. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
Highland County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Vincent Antinore and Erica Engle were announced as recipients of the Highland County Prosecutor’s Officers of the Quarter Award Thursday, April 29 at the Highland County Courthouse.

Highland County Prosecutor Anneka Collins presented the award to both detectives in a ceremony at her office, with members of her staff as well as Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera also present.

Antinore and Engle are the third and fourth recipients (and first joint recipients) of the quarterly honor from the prosecutor’s office. Greenfield Police Officer Jay Beatty earned the first award on Oct. 1, 2020, followed by Highland County Sheriff’s Deputy Devan Goen honored Jan. 12, 2021.

During the past quarter, both detectives testified during the first jury trial in over a year in Highland County Common Pleas Court, in a case involving felonious assault and child endangering. The defendant, Britney Haynes, was found guilty on all charges and later received the maximum sentence. Collins thanked both detectives for their work on that case.

As that trial showed, Collins said that Antinore and Engle are tasked with investigating “the worst cases” in the county, including abuse and sexual assault. However, she said that they are always willing to check in on people or conduct interviews when asked by the prosecutor’s office.

“We genuinely appreciate that,” Collins said. “Truly, you two have been the vote for our office for a while.”

Along with discussing their work as a whole, Collins gave each detective individual commendation as well.

“Erica, you have grown leaps and bounds in the last year as a detective,” Collins said. “You have come so far, and we’re super proud of you. Anything you’re asked to do, you go and do.

“Vinny, you’ve been a great detective. You connect with people in a way that truly is a gift.”

The sheriff agreed, saying the detectives are “truly great to work with.”

“It’s just an honor working with them,” Barrera said. “Anything you ask them to do, they don’t hesitate. They jump right on it and never argue.

“I think they have a great future ahead for the sheriff’s office, and I appreciate all their hard work.”

Antinore and Engle both thanked the prosecutor’s office for the recognition.

Antinore also complimented the sheriff’s office and prosecutor’s office for “everybody being on the same team.”

“That’s a motto that we say to each other all the time,” Antinore said. “We often don’t look for credit. We don’t care whose name’s on what paperwork, we don’t care who does what, we just want to make sure the right things get done.”

Antinore added that he and Engle depend on the individuals in the prosecutor’s office and Victim Witness office as well.

“It’s literally everybody,” he said. “It’s nice to have everybody on the same goal in mind. We’re a great team, but the team isn’t just the two of us.

“For us, it starts with the sheriff giving us enough leeway to do say ‘go do what you do and let me know how it turns out,’ trusting that we can take care of what needs taken care of, and working with you [the prosecutor’s office] to get the end goal, and then people like Britney [Haynes] go to jail.”

Engle thanked Antinore and Barrera, both of whom echoed Collins’ praise for Engle’s progression as a detective.

“I didn’t think I would ever get this award,” Engle said. “Sheriff, thanks for standing behind me to put me in this position for starters. You taught me a lot that I didn’t know to start with.

“Vinny, I wouldn’t be here without you, either.”

In addition to the awards, each detective received a package donated by Holtfield Station, as well as face masks from Collins. The prosecutor’s office thanked Holtfield for their generosity.

Donations from any business who would like to help reward the winning officers are being accepted. Any interested county businesses can call (937) 393-1851, and staff members will schedule an appointment to pick up the donation.