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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Pennsylvania State Police Graduates 91 New Cadets

Pennsylvania State Police Graduates 91 New Cadets

Purple Heart Awarded to Trooper Bradley Wilson of DuBois Barracks

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Commissioner Frank Noonan announced that 91 men and women have joined the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police following their graduation today from the State Police Academy in Hershey.

The ceremony was held at Founder's Hall at Milton Hershey School. State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin spoke at the ceremony. Cadet Joseph A. Traino, Jr., of Dalton, Lackawanna County, spoke on behalf of the cadet class. Cadet Traino was also named the outstanding cadet by his classmates and instructors, receiving the American Legion Award.

Also receiving awards were:

Cadet Francine M. Gibson, of North East, Erie County– Daniel F. Dunn High Scholastic Award;
Cadet Brian P. Irvin, of Orrtana, Adams County– Charles B. Gesford High Pistol Award;
Cadet Alan M. Krall, of Cogan Station, Lycoming County – Col. Paul J. Chylak Memorial Driver Proficiency Award; and
Cadet Nathan Conway, of Dunmore, Lackawanna County – John K. Schafer Memorial Physical Fitness Award.

Major Adam Kisthardt, director of the state police Bureau of Training and Education, supervised the training of the class, which was the 139th class to graduate from the State Police Academy in Hershey since its opening in 1960.

The graduates have been assigned to stations within twelve troop areas across the state and will report to their stations effective Monday, November 24th.

Additionally, Trooper Bradley Wilson of the DuBois Barracks was presented with a department Purple Heart Award at the ceremony. Tpr. Wilson was shot twice and critically injured while serving a search warrant with other law enforcement officers on Sept. 26, 2013. His injuries resulted in significant paralysis and his recovery has been long and difficult.

For more information, visit or call 717-783-5556.

Editor's Note: A list of graduates and their home towns, arranged by the location of their troop assignment, follows:

Troop E, Erie, Erie County

Bradford D. Arendosh, of Aliquippa, Beaver County
David M. Benson, of Erie, Erie County
Hayden J. Blough, of Blairsville, Indiana County
Adam D. Cummings, of Curwensville, Clearfield County
Joshua D. Deitle, of Johnstown, Cambria County
Kevin J. Geibel, of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Kalin R. Gerhard, of Greensburg, Westmoreland County
Francine M. Gibson, of North East, Erie County
Jesse C. King, of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Jason M. Kissinger, of Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York
Thomas J. Maloney, of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Eric J. Mang, of Erie, Erie County
Richard R. Maxim, of Reynoldsville, Jefferson County
Matthew J. Musser, of Sharpsville, Mercer County
Richard C. Rubano, of Farrell, Mercer County
Sean M. Samsa, of Pittsburgh, Allegeny County
Devin M. Seybert, of Conway, Beaver County
Joseph R. Snyder, of Coraopolis, Allegheny County
Rachel L. Ward, of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
John A. Wood, of Warren, Warren County

Troop F, Montoursville, Lycoming County

Blake E. Brown, of Nanticoke, Luzerne County
Seth A. Fragale, of Emporium, Cameron County
Michael V. Palange, of Washingtonville, Orange County, New York
Andrea E. Pelachick, of Sayre, Bradford County
Robert H. Williamson, of Woolrich, Clinton County

Troop H, Harrisburg, Dauphin County

David A. Black, of Beaver Falls, Beaver County
Todd R. Carper, of Gettysburg, Adams County
William E. Clark, of Monroe Township, Wyoming County
Lucas D. Collins, of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County
Robert B. Colton III, of Huntingdon, Huntingdon County
Nathan Conway, of Dunmore, Lackawanna County
Adam M. Depauw, of Mifflinburg, Union County
Thomas C. Dohey, of Forbes Road, Westmoreland County
Lauryn Ference, of Shavertown, Luzerne County
John F. Frick II, of Greencastle, Franklin County
Jason R. Groff, of New Cumberland, Cumberland County
Luke D. Hanko, of Irwin, Westmoreland County
Shane A. Howell, of Newport, Perry County
Brian P. Irvin, of Orrtana, Adams County
Shannon M. Kapuscinski, of Carlisle, Cumberland County
Bruce L. Kleckner, of Schuylkill, Schuylkill County
Donald C. Kraft, Jr., of State College, Centre County
Alan M. Krall, of Cogan Station, Lycoming County
Zeina S. Lane, of Hummelstown, Dauphin County
Benjamin J. Leidhecker, of Williamsport, Lycoming County
John P. Lutchko II, of Wilkes Barre, Luzerne County
Benjamin Markosky, of Stouchsburg, Berks County
Eric S. McCLeaf , of Waynesboro, Franklin County
Adam T. McGinnis, of Bedford, Bedford County
Joseph Montagna, of West Pittston, Luzerne County
Albert J. Oliveri, Jr., of Pittston, Luzerne County
Aaron D. O'Shell, of Flinton, Cambria County
Nicholas R. Parker, of Irwin, Westmoreland County
Travis E. Piper, of Shippensburg, Franklin County
Daniel W. Poponick, of Latrobe, Westmoreland County
Michael F. Rosewarne, of Jersey Shore, Clinton County
Matthew P. Rucinski, of Lemont Furnace, Fayette County
Raymond M. Snarski III, of Catawissa, Columbia County
Shawn G. Sutter, of Harding, Luzerne County
Michael Vaccaro, Jr., of Clark, Union County, New Jersey
Shane M. Wilson, of Lewistown, Mifflin County

Troop J, Lancaster, Lancaster County

Tyler A. Albee, of Ashley, Luzerne County
Erik R. Auffant, of Lancaster, Lancaster County
Erick Baker, of Marietta, Lancaster County
Thomas A. Barrett-Waters, of West Chester, Chester County
Dennis H. Conklin, Jr., of Milford, Pike County
Michael W. Gruits, of Bethlehem, Lehigh County
Collin J. Hecker, of Shillington, Berks County
Amanda B. Price, of West Chester, Chester County

Troop K, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Phillip J. Cyphers, of Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County
Jason K. Henley, of Gilbertsville, Montgomery County
Gregory M. Janosko, of Mays Landing, Atlantic County, New Jersey
Alexander Kaykov, of Toms River, Ocean County, New Jersey
James R. Leitch, of Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, New Jersey
Michael D. Magee, of Bensalem, Bucks County
Mark R. Musser, of King of Prussia, Montgomery County
Susan A. Rivchin, of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Isaiah Slonaker IV, of Zionsville, Lehigh County
Edward A. Sparrow, Jr., of Carbondale, Lackawanna County
Joseph A. Traino, of Dalton, Lackawanna County
Eugene J. Tray, of Auburn, Schuylkill County
Zechariah J. Walter, of Sayre, Bradford County
John Wargo, of Old Forge, Lackawanna County
Jessica L. Wickizer, of Perkasie, Bucks County

Troop M, Bethlehem, Northampton County

Juan X. Barrios, of Allentown, Lehigh County
Eric W. Kaub, of Archbald, Lackawanna County
Michael J. Kowalishen, of Northampton, Northampton County
Guy Meltser, of Quakertown, Bucks County

Troop N, Hazleton, Luzerne County

Bruce E. Balliet, Jr., of Drums, Luzerne County
Kevin R. Kreidler, of Nanticoke, Luzerne County
Ian D. MacMillan, of East Stroudsburg, Monroe County

SOURCE Pennsylvania State Police


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Anonymous said...

Awesome that these fine young folks want to choose this as a career path. I am sure they will serve us well as the PSP has for generations. Carry on the proud tradition of the Pennsylvania State Police. Well done cadets!!