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Law Enforcement Academy holds graduation ceremony

PARK HILLS – Mineral Area College students of the 1,000 Hour Law Enforcement Academy Class 17-96 walked through their program’s commencement ceremony held at Christian Life Church on May 17.

Those students were:

Devrick Bliss, DeSoto; Colten Brand, Potosi; Danny Brosnan, Bufordville; Spencer Gibson, Bonne Terre; Joseph Goldsmith, Perryville; Chelsie Grindstaff, Park Hills; Michael Hurt, Chaffee; Christopher Jayne, Potosi; Cody Jayne, Fredericktown; Richard McCarver, Fredericktown; Destany McMahan, Park Hills; Kyle Meier, Mineral Point; Branden Mouser, Cadet; Zachary Nichols, Farmington; Bradley Osborn, Desloge; Racheal Ragle, Qulin; Seth Ries, Hillsboro; Dillon Sansoucie, Desloge; Zachary Thompson, Potosi; Cody Winder, Farmington.

A number of awards were given to the students:

Chris Parsons Valedictorian: Brosnan 99.6 percent

Academic Acheivement: Brand, Brosnan, Gibson, Goldsmith, Grindstaff, Hurt, Jayne, Kopplin, McCarver, Mcmahan, Meier, Mouser, Nichols, Osborn, Ragle, Ries, Thompson, and Winder

Driver Training: Winder

Handgun: Thompson

Shotgun: Winder

Patrol Rifle: Brosnan

Defensive Tactics: Ries

Michael Tripplett Award: Ragle

Perfect Attendance: McCarver and Sansoucie

Director’s Award: Brosnan

Top Physical Training Achievement: Brosnan

Physical Training Achievement: Brosnan

First Responder: Goldsmith

LEA Director Rich Flotron was the coordinator of the event, and spoke of the importance of the field to a safe society, and noted thousands of men and women have laid down their lives in order to serve and protect. Sheriff Michael Neal of Monroe County was the keynote speaker, and Brosnan gave the Class President’s Address. Cpt. Chris Schmitt presented the class to friends and family in the audience, and the ceremony ended with the benediction by Rev. Kevin Kappler.

Police departments across the state and even in Kansas and other bordering states are converging on the Mineral Area College Law Enforcement Academy to fill vacancies in their departments. Pictured are graduates of the 1,000 Hour Law Enforcement Academy Class 17-96 last May.

Police departments across the state and even in Kansas and other bordering states are converging on the Mineral Area College Law Enforcement Academy to fill vacancies in their departments. Pictured are graduates of the 1,000 Hour Law Enforcement Academy Class 17-96 last May.

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