Twenty-one new Missouri troopers to graduate from highway patrol Law Enforcement Academy

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I headquarters in Rolla.

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:

Troop I

Justin D. Morrison, of Springfield, Zone 8, Laclede County

Colby B. Townsend, of St. Louis, Zone 3, Crawford County

Troop A

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

Troop B

Caleb L. Hirner (New London, MO), Zone 3, Chariton/Linn Counties

Kurtis A. Hurley (Center, MO), Zone 6, Clark/Scotland Counties

Troop C

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

Troop E

David L. Brawley, of Whitewater, Zone 9, New Madrid/Pemiscot County

Joshua J. Schuenemeyer, of Jackson, Zone 7, Scott/Mississippi/New Madrid Counties

Troop G

Kage W. Etherton, of Aurora, Zone 4, North Howell/Shannon Counties

Jacob J. Smith, of Winona, Zone 3, North Howell/Shannon Counties

Troop H

Byron D. Hahn, of Cameron, Zone 3, Harrison/Gentry Counties

Aaron M. Mapel, of St. Joseph, Zone 2, Nodaway/Worth Counties