MONTGOMERY — Graduation ceremonies were held Friday, July 10, in Montgomery for Alabama State Trooper Class 2009-A.
Department of Public Safety Director Col. J. Christopher Murphy administered the oath of office to commission the 38 new troopers, and former Alabama Gov. John Patterson served as guest speaker at the graduation.
Murphy congratulated the class for its hard work and commitment in completing an arduous, 22-week training regimen at the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center, DPS’s training academy in Selma. He commended class members for choosing a career in law enforcement and public service, terming it a “high calling,” and he wished the new troopers every success in their initial duty assignments in the Highway Patrol Division.
During the graduation ceremony, three class members were recognized among their peers for outstanding achievement. Juddston Bowers received the Marksmanship Award for exhibiting the highest level of knowledge, skill and safety in firearms training. Bowers also earned the Academic Award for achieving the highest overall grade point average. Robert C. Green received the Highway Response and Driving Award for demonstrating a high level of knowledge and ability in defensive and pursuit driving. The Fitness Award went to Randy D. McBrayer for attaining the highest level of physical fitness.
McBrayer also was selected as the class’s top performer overall, receiving the Commander’s Award for exhibiting exceptional leadership, professionalism and dedication to Class 2009-A and the Department of Public Safety, while maintaining a high academic average.
A roster of the members of Class 2009-A, along with their post and county assignments, follows:
Name, Post, County
Andrew J. Alexander, Jacksonville, Talladega
Kevin J. Bell, Selma, Marengo
Joshua R. Boody, Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa
Juddston Bowers, Mobile, Mobile
Raymond L. Brothers, Montgomery, Montgomery
Jeff A. Brown, Mobile, Baldwin
Jayson D. Coon, Grove Hill, Choctaw
Gregory E. Corble, Selma, Perry
Gary C. Daniel, Birmingham, Blount
Brian W. English, Alexander City, Coosa
Robert C. Green, Dothan, Houston
Robert W. Hale, Jacksonville, Calhoun
Terry J. Head, Montgomery, Montgomery
Daniel J. Jackson, Opelika, Lee
Jason H. Johnson, Jacksonville, Talladega
David E. Jones, Opelika, Lee
Jeremy D. Lay, Quad-Cities, Franklin
Charles M. Lewis, Hamilton, Lamar
Keith J. Marbut, Decatur, Cullman
Randy D. McBrayer, Jacksonville, Calhoun
Denise McCain, Opelika, Lee
Jason P. McCallister, Dothan, Bullock
Samuel H. McHenry, Evergreen, Crenshaw
Thomas C. Nalls, Jacksonville, Talladega
John C. Odom, Jacksonville, Calhoun
Richard L. Oliver, Jacksonville, Clay
Anthony B. Peebles, Decatur, Cullman
Robert J. Ping, Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa
Kevin J. Price, Birmingham, Blount
Phillip M. Schuler, Mobile, Mobile
Scott R. Sherrer, Mobile, Mobile
Jacob R. Smith, Jacksonville, Calhoun
Brad D. Taylor, Mobile, Baldwin
Kenneth K. Wade, Mobile, Baldwin
Gary W. Wells, Birmingham, Blount
Jason A. White, Quad-Cities, Franklin
Steven A. Wilson, Hamilton, Winston
Larry Young, Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa
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