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For Immediate Release: October 10, 2014
Contact:  Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

Highway Patrol graduates 38 cadets in ceremony today

COLUMBUS - The Patrol’s 156th Academy Class graduated today after 26 weeks of intense paramilitary training. The keynote address was provided by Sheriff Larry R. Mincks Sr., Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Additional remarks were provided by Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol Superintendent and Captain Shawn Lee, Academy Commandant. The Oath of Office was issued by Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Ohio Court of Appeals. 

Courses completed by the 156th class included Core Values, crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, self-defense and emergency vehicle operations.

Tpr. DeRon L.B. McIntyre, Columbus, Ohio, was selected as class speaker and thanked the Academy and cadet family members for being supportive during their training.

Four of the graduates received special honors for top performance in various fields of study at the Training Academy. The honorees were:

  • Overall performance – Tpr. Gregory M. Thomas, Hilliard, Ohio 
  • Top performance in academics – Tpr. Michael K. Grant, Jacobsburg, Ohio      
  • Top performance in driving – Tpr. Daniel J. Muck, Lancaster, Ohio and Tedd M.  
    Bergeron Jr., Tecumseh, MI                                                       
  • Top performance in firearms – Tpr. Michael K. Grant Jr., Jacobsburg, Ohio 
  • Top performance in physical fitness – Tpr. Jacob A. Kunka, New Holland, Ohio 

 

Each of the graduates will report to their posts on Monday, October 13, 2014. The graduates’ first 60 working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran officer. The new graduates are assigned to 24 of the Patrol’s 58 posts.

Editor’s Note: Academy Class Roster Attached

TROOPER

HOMETOWN

ASSIGNMENT

Bruce M. Allen

Columbus

Marysville

Matthew T. Atwood

Wellston

Gallipolis

Tedd M. Bergeron Jr.

Tecumseh Michigan

Toledo

Brandon T. Betzel

Brunswick

Ravenna

Nathan J. Carman

Wellsville

Marion

Thomas E. Davis

New Concord

Steubenville

Ryan P. Eedy

Parma

Norwalk

Jimmy A. Estle

Washington Court House

Springfield

Jacob D. Gay

Chillicothe

Ironton

Zachary D. Gossard

Lima

Findlay

Michal K. Grant

Jacobsburg

Steubenville

Joshua S. Greer

Blue Creek

Georgetown

Karissa M. Grossman

Johnstown Pennsylvania

Bucyrus

Jeremy R. Hartman

North Jackson

Toledo

Nelson C. Janney

Middletown

Dayton

Kara E. Kavaliauskas

Middlefield

Van Wert

Jacob A. Kunka

New Holland

Lebanon

DeRon L.B. McIntyre

Columbus

Marysville

Jacob A. Mellinger

Alliance

Fremont

Taren M. Mitchell

North Canton

Swanton

John E. Moore

Circleville

Marysville

Daniel J. Muck

Lancaster

Wilmington

Alexander J. Pater

Fairfield

Batavia

Tyler F. Ray

Chillicothe

Piqua

Xavia D. Shurn

Marysville Kentucky

Cincinnati

John A. Sluga

Mentor

Ashtabula

Matthew J. Soeder

Stow

Mansfield

Alan W. Stalder

Albany

Springfield

Nathan R. Sweazy

Norton

Swanton

Ryan R. Szymanski

Seven Hills

Ashtabula

Gregory M. Thomas

Hilliard

Delaware

Daniel J. Thompson

West Portsmouth

Van Wert

Trent J. Thompson

Lucasville

Ironton

Nathan K. Timberlake

Otway

Georgetown

Anthony W. Whitacre

Akron

Fremont

Codi R. Williams

North Canton

Swanton

Kenneth D. Williams

Amelia

Lebanon

Michael C. Williams

Franklin

Lebanon

                                                               
Note: Photos of the newly commission troopers are available upon request. To request photos, please e-mail wwwohp@dps.state.oh.us.

 

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