Twenty-one troopers will graduate from the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on Friday, June 26.
Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said the ceremony is by invitation only due to the coronavirus guidelines, but will be available to the public through Facebook live. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. The 109th Recruit Class reported to the Academy on Jan. 6 to begin the 25-week training to become a trooper. The new troopers will report to duty in their assigned troops on July 13.
Four class awards will be presented. The recruits accumulate points toward graduation in the categories of physical fitness, firearms, and academics throughout their 25 weeks at the Academy.
The person with the highest number of points in each category earns the respective award. Award categories include physical fitness, firearms, academics and the Superintendent’s Award, which is presented to the person with the most points overall.
The names and first assignments of members of the 109th Recruit Class are listed below:
Justin D. Morrison, of Springfield, Zone 8, Laclede County
Colby B. Townsend, of St. Louis, Zone 3, Crawford County
Jonathan R. Boydston, of Kansas City, Zone 2, Platte County
Kevin M. Cox, of Peculiar, Zone 11, Cass County
Margarito Gallo Mejia, of Vail Iowa, Zone 2, Platte County
Colin E. Osborne, of Kirksville, Zone 9, Lafayette County
Tanner L. Wallace, of Ozark, Zone 11, Cass County
Thomas J. Whitaker, of Joplin, Zone 12, Johnson County
Caleb L. Hirner (New London, MO), Zone 3, Chariton/Linn Counties
Kurtis A. Hurley (Center, MO), Zone 6, Clark/Scotland Counties
Mark D. Benson, of Park Hills, Zone 13, Jefferson County
Daniel M. Bochucinski, of Plainfield Illinois, Zone 19, Lincoln/Pike Counties
Zachary C. Crumley, of Benton, Zone 11, Franklin County
Curtis L. Schilling, of Jackson, Zone 8, St. Charles County
Ryan J. Steele, of Arcadia, Zone 10, Franklin County
David L. Brawley, of Whitewater, Zone 9, New Madrid/Pemiscot County
Joshua J. Schuenemeyer, of Jackson, Zone 7, Scott/Mississippi/New Madrid Counties
Kage W. Etherton, of Aurora, Zone 4, North Howell/Shannon Counties
Jacob J. Smith, of Winona, Zone 3, North Howell/Shannon Counties
Byron D. Hahn, of Cameron, Zone 3, Harrison/Gentry Counties
Aaron M. Mapel, of St. Joseph, Zone 2, Nodaway/Worth Counties