34 Cadets Graduate from Municipal Police Academy

by Alana J. Mauger

Thirty-four cadets graduated from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy Class 1304 on March 26 during a ceremony held at the College’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

Academy alumnus Wayne T. Johnson, Deputy Sheriff with Chester County Sherriff’s Department, sang the National Anthem to begin the ceremony, followed by a moment of reflection from Director of Criminal Justice & Fire Science Programs Benn Prybutok. The Philadelphia Police Department Honor Guard and the Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Band led the procession.

Patrol Commander Darren Nyce from Upper Dublin Township Police Department was selected by class 1304 to give the keynote address, during which he stressed the importance of preparation.

“Prepare for opportunity, [so that you’re] ready for opportunity when it comes. Being prepared to do the right thing at the right moment takes tremendous heart, courage and perseverance, and, at times, great sacrifice,” shared Nyce, who is an alumnus of the Academy as well as an instructor.

Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr., County Deputy Chief Detective Samuel Gallen, and County Coordinator of School Safety Steven A. Beck were also in attendance, along with representatives from Tredyffrin, Upper Darby, Upper Merion, Upper Moreland and Whitpain police departments and the FBI.

Earning the highest GPA in his class, Cadet Cpl. Jason Kesack, Lansdale, offered remarks on behalf of the graduates.

“I think love is probably the most important thing, not only in police work but in life in general,” he shared. “It’s about community policing and how you interact with the people around you. Everyone is someone’s mother, someone’s brother. I think it’s important that we remember that golden rule—that we should treat people the way we would want our families treated.”

Academy Director Frank Williar presented Cadet Lt. Laina Stevens, Philadelphia, with the Platoon Commander Award, describing her as “a breath of fresh air.” Stevens, who is now an officer with the Upper Darby Police Department, then ceremonially handed Academy command over to Class 1401 Cadet Lt. Andrew Burrows, Doylestown.

Williar also presented the Director’s Spirit of Distinction Award to Cadet Cpl. James Apgar, Frenchtown, N.J., adding that the award goes to “the MVP of the group; to an individual whose personality is instrumental in making the class what it is.”

Stevens presented the James R. Miller Marksmanship Award to Eric Meoli, Lansdale. The award is presented in memory of Upper Dublin Police Sergeant Jim Miller, who died in an automobile accident while on duty in 2004.

During the ceremony, members of the McGowan family—Karen and her sons Scott and John McGowan IV, presented the Chief John J. McGowan III Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $3,500 to Robert Calvin Wiley, Willow Grove. The scholarship honors the late East Norriton Police Chief John McGowan, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2010. Wiley thanked the McGowan family for the honor, adding that he will use the scholarship to continue his education in MCCC’s Criminal Justice program in the fall.

Cadets from class 1304 attended the academy full time, Monday through Friday for 22 weeks. Graduates include Cadet Cpl. James Apgar, Frenchtown, N.J.; Ryan Benner, Drexel Hill; Steve Berg, Levittown; Cadet Sgt. Andrew Brown, Exton; Cadet Sgt. Michael Cabry, Coatesville; Michael Carlson, Elkins Park; Liz Cartwright, Telford; Timothy Clark, Abington; Amber Culton, Quakertown; Zachary Danowski, Skippack; Kevin Deegan, Downington; James Falatovich, Birdsboro; Cadet SSgt. Evan Flora, Collegeville; Jarett Gordon, Collegeville; Patrick Halcovage, Hatfield; Jonathan Huber, Souderton; Cadet Cpl. Jason Kesack, Lansdale; Patrick Kitchenman, Levittown; Cadet Cpl. John Kreuer, Ephrata; Kevin Lowry, Willow Grove; Brett Mackow, Green Lane; Eric Meoli, Lansdale; Jay Nakahara, Allentown; Nicholas O’Connor, Conshohocken; David Pagan, Philadelphia; Stephen Romanic, Coopersburg; Cadet SSgt. David Rosenblit, Philadelphia; Cadet Sgt. Nicholas Ruud, Doylestown; Kathleen Ryan, Horsham; Alex Sansone, Huntingdon Valley; Cadet Lt. Laina Stevens, Philadelphia; Ryan Umberger, Bristol, Gabriel Wasserman, Ambler; Calvin Wiley, Willow Grove.

Montgomery County Community College, in conjunction with the state training commission, operates the Municipal Police Academy at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus, 1175 Conshohocken Road, Conshohocken.

The academy has been the training ground for approximately 3,500 cadets with a consistent graduation rate of more than 90 percent. The 800-hour curriculum allows successful students to articulate up to 15 credit hours toward an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice Studies.

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Class 1304 graduates are congratulated by Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr., MCCC Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Victoria Bastecki-Perez, and MCCC Dean of Social Sciences Dr. Aaron Shatzman. Photo by John Welsh

Fall Cadets Graduate from Municipal Police Academy

District Justice Paul N. Leo gives the keynote address. Photos by Alana J. Mauger

Twenty-three police cadets graduated from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy on Nov. 16 during a ceremony held at the College’s Science Center Theater, Blue Bell.

The graduates of Class 1102 included Jason Aduddell (Ardmore), Micah Albert (Souderton), Devon Beer (Doylestown), Dawn Marie Cabrera (Roslyn), Robert Daniello (Yardley), Jason Daye (Telford), Christopher Dolan (Bensalem), Matthew Duross (Willow Grove), Edward Dvorak (Harleysville), Justin Grotz (Fairless Hill), Emily Hopkins (Philadelphia), Brian Hyams (Philadelphia), Anthony Matteo (Hatboro), Alex Moldavskiy (Philadelphia), Chris Pennington (Holland), Matthew Rychlak (Malvern), David Sangree (Hatboro), Timothy Sebenick (Hatboro), Matthew Trznadel (Royersford), Michael Urban (Doylestown), Alicia VanArsdale (Flourtown), Matthew Walsh (Philadelphia) and Mark Zakrzewski (Philadelphia).

Cadet Jason Daye was named Valedictorian, Lt. Micah Albert earned the Leadership Award and Cadet Jason Aduddell earned the Sgt. James R. Miller Marksmanship award.  Sgt. Brian Hyams was recognized with the Spirit of Distinction Award for his determination, personality and initiative.

During his address to the class, Daye acknowledged that the program was challenging physically and mentally, but that the class performed well.

“It would be my privilege and honor to work with any of you as my partner,” Daye said. “Thank you for the time we shared together.”

Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. and Montgomery County Deputy Chief County Detective Samuel J. Gallen attended the ceremony. The keynote speaker was District Justice Paul N. Leo of the 38th District, who also teaches at the Police Academy.

Justice Leo told the cadets that a law enforcement career is like a dangerous game in which they would face numerous stumbling blocks, challenges and dead ends, as they tried to apprehend criminals, but they would persevere and rise above those difficulties.

“There will be a defining moment in your life,” he said. “It could be when you are chasing a suspect or have to testify in court. But when it happens, you will know what kind of person you are, and why you are all better than that.”

Montgomery County Community College, in conjunction with the state training commission, operates the Municipal Police Academy at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus, 1175 Conshohocken Road, Conshohocken.

The Academy has been the training ground for approximately 3,100 cadets with a consistent graduation rate of more than 96 percent. The 800-hour curriculum allows successful students to articulate up to 15 credit hours toward an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.

“Honor, integrity, loyalty, service, teamwork,” Academy Director Frank A. Williar said. “These are not empty concepts but a lifestyle we adopt and hold dear. Law enforcement is a challenging and dangerous but very rewarding profession. It takes special people who yearn to make a difference.”

Williar, a 1974 Police Academy graduate, was hired as the Academy Director in 2005. The Academy is certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.

Valedictorian Jason Daye addresses his fellow graduates.

 ~ by Diane VanDyke

49 Cadets Graduate from Municipal Police Academy

Forty-nine police cadets graduated from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy on July 20 during a ceremony held at the College’s Science Center Theater in Blue Bell.

Check out graduation press coverage and video from Patch.com.

Retired State Police Lieutenant Berchard V. Suber and Tredyffrin Township Police Sergeant Taro D. Landis, both instructors at the academy, gave the keynote addresses.

“Remember three things,” Sgt. Landis said in his speech to the cadets. “God, discipline and respect. Stay true to your profession and do the right thing at the right time, even when no one is looking.”

Retired State Police Lieutenant Berchard V. Suber gives a keynote address. Photos by Diane VanDyke

Barbara Miller, the widow of Upper Dublin Police Sergeant Jim Miller, presented the markmanship awards to SSgt. Christopher Gaughan and Lt. Shannon Lenahan in memory of her late husband. Sgt. Miller died in an automobile accident while on duty on April 20, 2004. He was a 28-year veteran of the Upper Dublin Police Department and served with distinction in the U.S. Air Force.

Barbara Miller, wife of the late Sgt. James Miller, presents SSgt. Christopher Gaughan with a marksmanship award.

Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. and Montgomery County Deputy District Attorney Sharon Giamporcaro attended the ceremony.

The graduates of Class 1003, who attended the 42-week part-time evening program, are Kevin Black (Philadelphia), Jeff Cook (Spring City), Joseph Duffy (Limerick), James Fiocco (Trevose), Cpl. Christopher Hess (Langhorne), Michael Johnston (East Norriton), Nicholas Laffredo (Philadelphia), Lt. Shannon Lenahan (Yardley), Sgt. Kelly Lynn (Narberth), Rafael Martinez (Allen Township), Matthew O’Brien (Harleysville), Andre Parisella (Springfield), Jared Pierce (Warminster), SSgt. Seneca Smith (Langhorne), John Szambelak (East Vincent) and James Zukow Jr. (Perkasie).

For this class, Sgt. Jared Pierce was Valedictorian, Lt. Shannon Lenahan received the Leadership Award and Cpl. Christopher Hess earned the Spirit of Distinction Award for overall outstanding performance.

The graduates of Class 1101, who attended the 22-week full-time program, are Christopher Abbott (Bala Cynwyd), Cpl. Joshua Albillar (Warminster), Jack Apgar (Ottsville), Kyle Barrie (Conshohocken), John Barrington (Levittown), Anthony Cambridge (Souderton), Daniel Castellucci (Philadelphia), Lt. John Coxhead (Blue Bell), Marcus Franklin (Norristown), Robert Fulmer (Upper Gwynedd), SSgt. Christopher Gaughan (Wayne), Cpl. Daniel Gonzalez (Harleysville), Kyle Heasley (Morrisville), Wayne Johnson (Pottstown), Alex Komatick (Chalfont), Adam LaChapelle (Norristown), Andrew Lanetti (Perkasie), Daniel Leary (Willow Grove), Eric Madison (Colora, Md.), Sgt. Kevin McClernon (Yardley), Cpl. Jude McKenna (Chalfont), Timothy McNulty (Lansdale), Sgt. Stephen Nick (Radnor), Andrew Rowland (Doylestown), SSgt. Mark Rumler (Royersford), Joshua Sheller (Pottstown), Albert Strauss (Bristol), Mark Trani (Blue Bell), Curtis VanDolsen (Hatboro), Sgt. Christian Walters (Pottstown), Thomas Weldon (Newtown), Robert Wilson (Pottstown) and Casey Yard (Warminster).

For this class, Sgt. Stephen Nick was Valedictorian, Lt. John Coxhead received the Leadership Award, and Albert Strauss earned the Spirit of Distinction Award.

Police Academy Director Frank A. Williar addresses the cadets.

Montgomery County Community College, in conjunction with the state training commission, operates the Municipal Police Academy at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus, 1175 Conshohocken Road, Conshohocken, PA 19428.

The Academy has been the training ground for approximately 3,100 cadets with a consistent graduation rate of more than 90 percent. The 800-hour curriculum allows successful students to articulate up to 15 credit hours toward an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.

“Go from here and be proud and be fair, scrupulously so,” Academy Director Frank A.  Williar said. “Think of the ones who have gone before you, and remember the legacy of Sgt. Jim Miller. If you do this job as if members of your family are standing behind you every day, you will never go wrong.”

Williar, a 1974 Police Academy graduate, was hired as the Academy Director in 2005. The Academy is certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.

~ by Diane VanDyke