Pennsylvania State Police Welcomes 64 New Troopers

Harrisburg, PA – Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, announced that 64 cadets have graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. The class was the 164th to graduate from the academy in Hershey since it opened in 1960.

Colonel Evanchick told the cadets the rigorous training and education they received serve as the foundation of their careers.

"You will be scrutinized for every decision you make and sometimes for the decisions other law enforcement officers make," said Colonel Evanchick. "You need to be true to yourself, our Call of Honor, and do the right thing, even when doing the right thing may be the most difficult decision you will ever make."

Five cadets received special awards and recognition during today's ceremony at LCBC Manheim in Lancaster County:

  • Sean P. Gordon received the Ronald M. Sharpe Leadership Award for exemplifying the qualities of leadership and the John K. Schafer Memorial Award for the highest combined score on a series of physical skills tests;
  • Mitchell W. Obenrader received the American Legion Award for all-around academic, physical, ethical, and moral qualifications;
  • Nathan B. Burkhart received the Daniel F. Dunn High Scholastic Award for the highest level of academic achievement in the class;
  • Bryan J. Carlson received the Colonel Paul J. Chylak Memorial Driver Proficiency Award for the highest proficiency in driver safety training;
  • Roberto Spezza Jr. received the Sergeant Charles B. Gesford High Pistol Award for the highest score on the department's pistol qualification course.

The new troopers will report to the following stations on Sept. 6:

Troop B, Uniontown
Jordon R. Macfarlane
Dillan H. Nudi
Stephanie L. Seitz 

Troop D. Butler
Patrick J. McClure
Jessica A. Mosura 

Troop D. New Castle
Nathan B. Burkhart
Michael A. Forstrom Jr.
Garret L. Young 

Troop E, Corry
Joshua A. Kirwin 

Troop E, Erie
Haylee N. Schick 

Troop E, Meadville
Mitchell W. Obenrader 

Troop F, Milton
Jacob T. Horan
Joseph M. Yedlosky 

Troop F, Montoursville
Bryan J. Carlson
Dylan M. Houser
Gary W. Kunkle
Matthew R. Patrick

Troop G, Bedford
Cory A. Storm 

Troop G. Lewistown
Quinn A. Hunter
Cole L. Morey

Troop H. Carlisle
Tyler C. Black 

Troop H, Chambersburg
Christopher M. Alleman 

Troop H, Gettysburg
Parker M. Hoyt
Brock A. McCulloch 

Troop H, Harrisburg
George W. Martin III 

Troop H. Lykens
Dallas J. Bulsak 

Troop H. Newport
Logan P. Knesh
John P. Shannon 

Troop J, Avondale
Joseph W. Certo
Ryan J. McLaughlin
Joshua H. Padua
Jarrett D. Tolby 

Troop J, Embreeville
James Frank V
Adam M. Stata

Troop J, York
Olivia P. Gard
Jacob T. Goranson
Matthew J. Johnson
Ross B. Venman 

Troop K. Media
Sean P. Gordon
Nicholas P. Peroni 

Troop K, Philadelphia
Brian Jaraba
Michael J. Kessler
Jeremy S. Knell 

Troop K, Skippack
Reginald H. Washington 

Troop L, Jonestown
Mohammed N. Ahmad
Nicholas S. Mowry
Jamie L. Restanio
Ryan S. Schuetrumpf 

Troop L, Schuylkill Haven
Marc D. Buchhalter
Jordan T. Jimenez
Connor J. Nettles
Niklaus K. Yeastedt 

Troop M, Bethlehem
Michael J. Limoli 

Troop N, Lehighton
Shannon A. Grundmann
Roberto Spezza Jr.
Paul J. Steinmetz
Theodore J. Wilson Jr. 

Troop N, Hazleton
Stefan L. M. Lawson 

Troop N, Stroudsburg
Michael J. Besten Jr.
Alan M. Jadush
Paul D. Nye
Andy G. Singh 

Troop P, Towanda
Damon C. Barhight
Anthony J. Pisano 

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