49 grad­u­ate from po­lice academy

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Forty-nine cadets are pre­pared to join area po­lice forces fol­low­ing their grad­u­a­tion from Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Academy on June 28 dur­ing a cer­e­mony held at the col­lege’s Sci­ence Cen­ter The­ater in Blue Bell.

MCCC Pres­i­dent Kevin Pol­lock, Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers’ Vice Chair­man Ken Lawrence and Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sioner Joe Gale con­grat­u­lated the new of­fi­cers and wel­comed the hun­dreds of vis­i­tors, who filled the the­ater.

Guest speak­ers were re­tired Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice Lieu­tenant Ber­chard Su­ber and Mont­gomery Town­ship Po­lice Of­fi­cer Ja­son English.

The new of­fi­cers are grad­u­ates of Class 1603, a 48-week evening pro­gram, and Class 1701, a 22-week day pro­gram.

For class 1603, the vale­dic­to­rian was Cadet Cpl. Theodor Wirch­ni­an­ski, who had a 98 per­cent av­er­age. SSgt. Michael Thomp­son re­ceived the Lead­er­ship Award, Mark Rosen­feld re­ceived the Marks­man­ship Award and Michael Giantomaso re­ceived the Spirit of Dis­tinc­tion Award.

For class 1701, An­thony Pletscher, was named vale­dic­to­rian. Lt. Eric Him­mel re­ceived the Lead­er­ship Award, Ti­mothy Cof­fland and Cpl. Raoof Ma­teen re­ceived the Marks­man­ship Award (tie) and De­bra Patch re­ceived the Spirit of Dis­tinc­tion Award.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, fam­ily mem­bers of Chief John J. McGowan, III, pre­sented a check for a $3,500 schol­ar­ship named in his mem­ory to SSgt. David Kirchen­bauer, who was re­cently hired by the Ply­mouth Town­ship Po­lice De­part­ment.

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