Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Congratulates New Troopers at Graduation
HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Commissioner Frank Noonan today congratulated the 45 men and women joining the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police following their graduation from the State Police Academy.
"I congratulate each and every one of you, the 133rd class of the Pennsylvania State Police. Today, you become the ultimate protectors of the citizens of the commonwealth and we thank you for your dedication and service," Noonan said. "As you broach your new assignments, I am confident you will uphold the traditions of honor, service, integrity, respect, trust, courage and duty of this great law enforcement organization."
Also speaking at today's graduation ceremony, held at Central Dauphin High School, was James W. McJunkin, assistant director in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Washington, D.C. field office. McJunkin began his law enforcement career as Pennsylvania State Police trooper.
Cadet Andrew R. Hearn, of Reading, Berks County, spoke on behalf of the cadet class. Cadet Randy L. Kemmerling, of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, was named the outstanding cadet by his classmates and instructors, receiving the American Legion Award.
Recipients of other awards included:
- Cadet Joseph P. Urban, Nanticoke, Luzerne County– Commissioner Daniel F. Dunn High Scholastic Award;
- Cadet Matthew M. Terkay, Canonsburg, Washington County – Col. John K. Schafer Memorial Physical Fitness Award;
- Cadet Preston M. Gray, Fogelsville, Lehigh County – Sgt. Charles B. Gesford High Pistol Award; and
- Cadet Maxwell W. Andres, DuBois, Clearfield County – Col. Paul J. Chylak Memorial Driver Proficiency Award.
Maj. John W. Laufer III, director of the state police Bureau of Training and Education, supervised the training of the class, which was the 133rd class to graduate from the State Police Academy in Hershey since it opened in 1960.
"The troopers standing before you have endured 25 weeks of intensive physical and classroom training. I have watched these men and women transform from cadets into troopers ready to enforce the laws of the commonwealth," Noonan said.
Visit the Pennsylvania State Police online at www.psp.state.pa.us.
Media Contacts: Maria A. Finn or Sgt. Anthony Manetta; 717-783-5556
Editor's Note: The graduates have been assigned to stations within 10 troop areas across the state. A list of troopers and their hometowns, arranged by the location of their troop assignment, follows:
Troop B, Washington, Washington County
Melinda J. Brandt of Newell, Fayette County
Adam J. Sikorski of Saxonburg, Butler County
Troop E, Erie, Erie County
Scott B. Sipko of Bradford, McKean County
Troop F, Montoursville, Lycoming County
Maxwell W. Andres of DuBois, Clearfield County
Comfrey S. Ickes of Monroeville, Allegheny County
Zachary E. Martin of Montoursville, Lycoming County
Garrett R. Marvich of Verona, Allegheny County
Timothy B. Nicklas of Woodland, Clearfield County
Terry Jeffrey R. Seal of Eldred, McKean County
Timothy T. Wright of Ridgeway, Elk County
Troop G, Hollidaysburg, Blair County
David S. Miller of Somerset, Somerset County
Casey J. Perrotta of Donora, Washington County
Matthew M. Terkay of Canonsburg, Washington County
Joseph L. Watkins of Somerset, Somerset County
Troop H, Harrisburg, Dauphin County
Jason A. Brindle of Shippensburg, Franklin County
Daniel T. Eddy of Uniontown, Fayette County
Robert A. Fay of DuBois, Clearfield County
Jeremy R. Holderbaum of Alum Bank, Bedford County
Anthony P. Jendrzejewski of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Randy L. Kemmerling of Harrisburg, Dauphin County
James D. Newcomer of Harrisburg, Dauphin County
John S. Roberton Jr. of Derry, Westmoreland County
Katjie R. Rumbaugh of Midway, Washington County
Matthew J. Sodmont of Bainbridge, Lancaster County
Troop J, Lancaster, Lancaster County
Emily A. Dressler of Hummelstown, Dauphin County
Wesley P. Foster of Aston, Delaware County
Colby J. Shesko of Coatesville, Chester County
Cody T. Wile of Lancaster, Lancaster County
Troop K, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Jesus M. Baez Jr. of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
David M. Bair of Williamsport, Lycoming County
Derrick J. Cargill of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Stephen W. Dozier of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Jeffrey S. Hand of Yardley, Bucks County
Thomas H. Sanders of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Troop M, Bethlehem, Lehigh County
Zachary P. Charpentier of Newtown, Bucks County
Preston M. Gray of Fogelsville, Lehigh County
Andrew R. Hearn of Reading, Berks County
Brett S. Miller of Palmer Township, Northampton County
Erik R. Sinwich of Bristol, Bucks County
Troop N, Hazleton, Luzerne County
Michael J. Foux of Nanticoke, Luzerne County
Marvin S. Shair of Hawley, Wayne County
Michael R. Sofranko of Jim Thorpe, Carbon County
Joseph P. Urban of Nanticoke, Luzerne County
Troop R, Dunmore, Lackawanna
James A. Gilhooley Jr. of Yatesville, Luzerne County
Michael A. Oakes of New Hope, Bucks County
SOURCE Pennsylvania State Police
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