Montana Highway Patrol Commissions Ten New Troopers

Montana Highway Patrol Commissions Ten New Troopers

The Montana Highway Patrol commissioned 10 new troopers today at the 59th Advanced Academy Graduation ceremony. Attorney General Tim Fox addressed the graduates at the event, which took place at the Colonial Inn.

In his remarks, Attorney General Fox emphasized the responsibility that comes with a career in law enforcement, telling the graduates, “You, as much as anyone in public service in Montana, are responsible for whether your neighbors can fully enjoy their lives and their freedoms in this special place. This is a heavy responsibility, but the rewards and satisfactions for doing your jobs well are enormous.”

At the ceremony, four awards were presented:

Physical Fitness Award
Dylan J. Nordell
Awarded for exemplary standards during the physical fitness curriculum in the 59th MHP Academy.

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

Academic Award
John M. Metcalfe and Tyler S. Swartz
Awarded for exemplary standards during the academic curriculum in the 59th MHP Academy.

Camp Commander Award
Katherine A. Trewick
Awarded for exemplary standards and performance observed by the Camp Commanders in the 59th MHP Academy.

Members of the 59th academy class include:

James J. Beck
Hometown: Butte
Initial station: Butte

Michelle D. Buchanan-Frost
Hometown: Helena
Initial station: Billings

Travis A. Dillon
Hometown: Rocky Mount, Virginia
Initial station: Harlowton

Brianna M. Fox
Hometown: Havre
Initial station: Chester

Brandon A. Kelm
Hometown: Miles City
Initial station: Miles City

John M. Metcalfe
Hometown: Normandy Park, Washington
Initial station: Culbertson

Grigori F. Neils
Hometown: Kalispell
Initial station: TBD

Dylan J. Nordell
Hometown: Manti, Utah
Initial station: Roundup

Tyler S. Swartz
Hometown: Missoula
Initial station: Sidney

Katherine A. Trewick
Hometown: Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
Initial station: TBD

Any media interested in publishing a photo of a specific trooper should contact Department of Justice Deputy Communications Director Anastasia Burton at (406) 444-9869 to obtain a print- or web-resolution image.

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