49 graduate from police academy
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.