The Kentucky State Police Academy recently presented diplomas to 63 new troopers at ceremonies in Frankfort. Their addition to the force brings the agency's total to 917 troopers serving the citizens of the commonwealth.
The new troopers started a 23-week training cycle April 11 in a class that consisted of 90 cadets. Their training included more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study.
Several members of the class earned special recognition, including valedictorian Nicholas Davis of Lexington and salutatorian Wesley Medley of Glasgow, who also was class president.
Jeven Keding of Crescent Springs received the Ernie Bivens Award, presented to the cadet who, in the opinion of the KSP Academy staff supported by input from the cadets themselves, shows distinction as a class leader, strives for academic excellence and has excelled in all phases of the academy's physical and vocational training.
Justin Phillips of Elkhorn, received the Commissioner's Commitment to Excellence Award, presented to the cadet who demonstrates leadership, the desire to get the job done and the determination to be the best every day.
The following is a list of the new troopers, their duty assignments and their hometowns or residences:
Post 1, Mayfield: Michael L. Bennett, Murray; Raymond W. Chambers, Glasgow; Cory M. Hamby, Murray; James D. Martin, Radcliff; Jonathon D. Ward, Central City.
Post 2, Madisonville: Benjamin W. Cox, Trenton; Jacob W. Fortney, Owensboro; Ryan D. Fox, Hopkinsville; Jonathan C. McGehee, Sacramento; Scotty R. Sharp, Leitchfield; Casey J. Wethington, Columbia.
Post 3, Bowling Green: Wesley L. Medley, Glasgow; Justin M. Rountree, Horse Cave.
Post 5, Campbellsburg: Mitchel S. Hazelett, Roanoke, Ind.; Chad J. Johnson, Berea; Jennifer R. Johnson, Seymour, Ind,; Nathan M. Steinert, Crab Orchard; Bryan J. Washer, Elizabethtown; Stratford E. Young, Brandenburg.
Post 6, Dry Ridge: Jeffrey T. Gaby, Lexington; Ronald P. Gilbert, Washington, D.C.; Laney K. Hall, Nicholasville; Charles C. Haselwood, Florence; Jeven L. Keding, Crescent Springs; Kyle B. Reams, Orlando; Jason P. Ritter, Butler; Michael J. Snowden, Jeffersonville.
Post 8, Morehead: Daniel M. Armstrong, Morehead; Charles A. Bowling, Beattyville; Jason E. Brown, Frenchburg; Brandon C. Eversole, Booneville; Mary L. Syvertsen, Clarksville, Tenn.; Anson B. Tribby, Mayslick; Michael C. Wathen, Smyrna, Tenn.; Joseph M. Zalone, Mount Sterling.
Post 9, Pikeville: Joshua D. Brainard, Somerset; Zachary G. Bryson, London; Joshua C. Chenault, Georgetown; James B. Creekmore, Williamsburg; Michael Z. Haney, West Liberty; Adam L. Hensley, Louisville; John M. Hindman, Elkville, Ill.; Christopher T. Martin, Taylorsville; Steven C. Mounts, Huntington, W.Va.; Rodney C. Pratt, Augusta; Ryan P. Roessler, Cold Spring; Gary A. Rubado, Lexington.
Post 12, Frankfort: Brian W. Smith, Lexington.
Post 14, Ashland: David I. Boarman, Morehead; Jack A. Hedges, Frankfort; Daniel G. Vossmer, Frankfort.
Post 15, Columbia: Nicholas B. Davis, Lexington; Morris W. Farris, Liberty; Jonathan P. Houk, Summersville; Michael A. Moore, London; Justin L. Phillips, Elkhorn; Christopher A. Saunders, London; Ryan D. Wolking, Purcellville, Va.
Post 16, Henderson: William J. Beauchamp, Morganfield; Jerry L. Clanton, Vine Grove; Jared A. Clemons, Leitchfield; Joshua D. Dicken, Columbia; Anthony P. Hardin, Vine Grove.