Pastor of Life Church provides invocation, benediction for new troopers from Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy

Trooper Derek Peters with his firearms award. (Missouri State Highway Patrol FB page)

Life Church Pastor John Thompson gave invocation and benediction for new troopers from Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy. On the other hand, Colonel Eric T. Olson, the group’s superintendent, announced just recently that 29 troopers had graduated from the Patrol's Law Enforcement Academy.

On August 9, the new troopers will report to their designated units as reported by KTVO.

The program

Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe presented the keynote address during the graduation ceremony on the south grounds of the Missouri State Capitol on Friday morning, and Colonel Olson also addressed the class. Kevin Bond, Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety, was also present for the ceremony.

The new troopers were sworn in by Patricia Breckenridge, of the Missouri Supreme Court. Mineral Area College's vice president of College Affairs, Provost Roger K. McMillian, awarded an associate of applied science degree to 17 of the new troopers. The colors were presented by the Troop F Color Guard, and the national anthem was performed by Sergeant Andrew Henry (H).
There were four awards given out in each class. During their 25 weeks at the Academy, the recruits earned points toward graduation in the areas of physical fitness, weaponry, and academics.

The Troops

Here’s a complete list of 111th Recruit Class and their hometowns:
Troop A: Aaron K. Booker (Blue Springs, MO); Devan J. Harms (Kansas City, MO); Colten B. Henderson (Spokane, MO); Nathaniel J. Medrano (Independence, MO); Derek Peters (Sedalia, MO); Ryan K. Stearns (Marshall, MO).

Troop B: Ezekiel G. Schieferdecker (Hurdland, MO); Eric J. Smith (Hannibal, MO); Elijah N. Stinson (Poplar Bluff, MO).

Troop C: Cyle C. Battreal (Pomona, MO); Dylan H. Bert (Cypress, TX); Almedin Birdzo (St. Louis, MO); Collin P. Brown (Ballwin, MO); Zachary T. Chastain (Crane, MO); Raymond M. Dressler (St. Louis, MO); Christopher A. Gates (St. Ann, MO); Kaleig A. Mitchell (Overland Park, KS); Matthew Smith (Ballwin, MO); .Jeffrey J. Wilt (Shelbina, MO)

Troop D: Levi H. Crowe (Carthage, MO); Joshua T. Martin (Sarcoxie, MO).
Troop E: James E. Williams (Charleston, MO); David L. McKnight (Sikeston, MO); Roberto C. Rodriguez Penaflor (Senath, MO).

Troop F: Samuel L. Ponder (New Bloomfield, MO).

Troop G: Kenneth H. Hall (Ellsinore, MO).

Troop H: Molly H. Gach (St. Joseph, MO)

Troop I: Troyjacob E. Ebeling (Rolla, MO) and Samuel J. Hallam (Joplin, MO).


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