MHP Commissions Thirteen New Troopers

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MHP Commissions Thirteen New Troopers

The Montana Highway Patrol commissioned thirteen new troopers today at the 66th Advanced Academy Graduation ceremony. Chief Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion addressed the graduates at the event, which took place at the Delta Marriott Hotel in Helena.

In his remarks, Bennion thanked the graduates for choosing a life of public service. “Montana Highway Patrol troopers may wear green and tan rather than blue, but you stand alongside fellow officers from agencies across Montana to form a thin blue line that protects us from dangers seen and unseen. For that, all of us are deeply grateful for your dedication to community, family, and public safety,” Bennion said.

At the ceremony, four awards were presented:

Physical Fitness Award
Wyatt Duncan
Awarded for exemplary standards during the physical fitness curriculum in the 66th MHP Academy.

The Michael Haynes Memorial Grant
End of Watch: March 27, 2009
Thomas Clawson
This award was presented in loving memory of Trooper Michael W. Haynes – MHP 159 by his wife, Tawny Haynes.

Academic Award
Matthew Hudgins
Awarded for exemplary standards during the academic curriculum in the 66th MHP Academy.

Camp Commander Award
Thomas Clawson
Awarded for exemplary standards and performance observed by the Camp Commanders in the 66th MHP Academy.

Members of the 66th academy class include:
Thomas Bjorkman
Hometown: Lindstrom, Minnesota
Initial station: Lewistown

Thomas Clawson
Hometown: Plentywood, Montana
Initial station: Plentywood

Jared Delaney
Hometown: Park City, Montana
Initial station: Billings

Wyatt Duncan
Hometown: Valdez, Alaska
Initial station: Big Timber

Matthew Hudgins
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Initial station: Billings

Caleb Kadrmas
Hometown: Glendive, Montana
Initial station: Glendive

Andrew Leighton
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Initial station: Bozeman

Hayden Mannetter
Hometown: Mammoth Lakes, California
Initial station: Big Sky

Jacob Parker
Hometown: Bridger, Montana
Initial station: Billings

Aidan Schaffer
Hometown: Barto, Pennsylvania
Initial station: Bozeman

Michael Severson
Hometown: Livingston, Montana
Initial station: Billings

Connor Wager
Hometown: Caroga Lake, New York
Initial station: Livingston

Harris Wilson
Hometown: Malibu, California
Initial station: Sidney

On a related note, the Montana Highway Patrol is accepting applications for new Troopers. Interested individuals should visit MHP’s website for details and apply by October 4. For more information about the Trooper selection process and requirements, contact MHP at 1-(877) 8-PATROL toll-free or (406) 444-3259.

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