Troy Police Dept. announces multiple promotions


Transferred to the Captain: Sgt. Dominic Burnside

Dominic Burnside grew up in Piqua, OH, and graduated from Piqua High School in 2001. He attended Bowling Green State University and graduated in 2005 after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

From 2005-2007, Captain Burnside was employed with the Miami County Municipal Court as an adult probation officer before attending Ohio’s Basic Police Officer Academy where he successfully graduated 1st in his class.

In January 2007, he was hired by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, and he served as a patrol deputy and narcotics detective until January 2013.

Captain Burnside was hired by the City of Troy as a police officer on January 7, 2013, and was initially assigned to the patrol section. On May 21, 2018, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and worked as a supervisor in the patrol section. During his time with the Troy Police Department, he has received specialized training in the areas of homicide investigations, narcotics investigations, forensic pathology, and interview and interrogation. He has served as a detective, field training officer, evidence technician, member of the tactical response team, and member of the department fleet and uniform committees.

Dominic Burnside resides in Troy with his wife, Kristin, and their 5 children.

Promoted to the Rank of Sergeant: Officer Nicholas Freisthler

Nicholas Freisthler grew up in Sidney, Ohio where he graduated from Lehman Catholic High School in 1998 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1999. During his time in the Marine Corps, Sgt. Freisthler served as a military police officer deploying to Iraq, Jordan, Estonia, Japan, and the Dominican Republic. In the Marine Corps, he received advanced leadership training at the Staff Non-Commissioned Officers Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Freisthler finished his career in the Marine Corps as a Company Gunnery Sergeant for his military police unit. he retired from the Marine Corps in January of 2022 after twenty-two years of service.

Sgt. Freisthler holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Edison State Community College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Ohio University and will graduate with his Master’s of Business Administration from Ohio University in May of 2023.

Sgt. Freisthler attended basic police academy at Rhodes State University in Lima in 2001 and was hired as a patrolman for the City of Eaton, Ohio in 2002. Sgt. Freisthler worked for Eaton until 2008 when he was hired by The City of Troy. He has served on the Tactical Response Team and as a School Resource Officer, Evidence Technician, Detective, and Drone Pilot.

Sgt. Freisthler is the son of Don Freisthler (a retiree of the City of Sidney and City of Piqua Water Treatment Departments), and Carolyn Freisthler of Sidney, Ohio. He lives in Troy with his wife Erin and four children.

Transferred to Detective: Officer Laura Blankenship

Officer Laura Blankenship is moving from the patrol division to the detective division. Officer Blankenship has been with the City of Troy for 7 years.