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Derek Heatwall was sworn in as the Tallmadge Police Department’s newest officer during a ceremony in Council Chambers at City Hall Jan. 17. A 2003 graduate of Tallmadge High School, Heatwall attended Kent State University for one semester, and obtained his Ohio Peace Officer’s certification in February of 2011 after attending the University of Akron Police Academy. He has police experience with the Fairlawn, Uniontown and Northfield Village police departments. Heatwall, his wife, Ashley, and their 2-month-old son, Gage, reside in Akron.