Montana Highway Patrol Commissions Nine New Troopers

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Montana Highway Patrol Commissions Nine New Troopers

The Montana Highway Patrol commissioned nine new troopers today at the 60th Advanced Academy Graduation ceremony.  Attorney General Tim Fox addressed the graduates at the event, which took place at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena.

In his remarks, Attorney General Fox emphasized the importance of collaboration and character, telling the graduates, “The importance of the work that lies ahead of you cannot be overstated, and I want you know that I will be your advocate and friend wherever and whenever possible.   So, set your direction with a positive attitude and strong spirit.  Keep company with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.  Remember, above all, do the right things for the right reasons.”

At the ceremony, four awards were presented:

Physical Fitness Award
Alexander S. Hiday
Awarded for exemplary standards during the physical fitness curriculum in the 60th MHP Academy.

The Michael Haynes Memorial Grant
End of Watch:  March 27, 2009
This grant is presented to:  Griffin W. Sutherland
Awarded in loving memory of Trooper Michael W. Haynes – MHP 159 by his wife, Tawny Haynes Norton.

Academic Award
Jack H. Rhodes IV
Awarded for exemplary standards during the academic curriculum in the 60th MHP Academy.

Camp Commander Award
Alexander S. Hiday
Awarded for exemplary standards and performance observed by the Camp Commanders in the 60th MHP Academy.

Members of the 60th academy class include:

Tyler Brant
Hometown:  Spokane, WA
Initial station:  Culbertson

Michael Driemeyer
Hometown:  White Sulphur Springs
Initial station:  Shelby

Matt Erickson
Hometown:  Kalispell
Initial station:  Havre

Alexander Hiday
Hometown:  Missoula
Initial station:  Superior

Timothy Kucerovy
Hometown:  Flanders, NJ
Initial station:  Billings

Michael O’Connor
Hometown:  Butte
Initial station:  Billings

Jon Raymond
Hometown:  Columbia Falls
Initial station:  Superior

Jack Rhodes IV
Hometown:  Reno, NV
Initial station:  Hardin

Griffin Sutherland
Hometown:  Palm Bay, FL
Initial station:  Billings

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