117th Say It Loud, Black and Tan Standing Proud
The Florida Highway Patrol now has 43 new state troopers to join its ranks as the 117th Basic Recruit Class graduated from the FHP’s Law Enforcement Training Academy at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. The graduation ceremony marked the conclusion of an intensive 27-week training period that prepared them for a career as a Florida State Trooper and instills the FHP’s core values of courtesy, service and protection.
FHP Director Col. John Czernis
"It is an honor to welcome our newest recruit class to the ranks," said Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, Colonel John Czernis. "Becoming a state trooper means taking on a great amount of responsibility and carrying on a 70-year tradition of safeguarding motorists on Florida highways. We are proud of our history, and we are pleased to have new troopers to carry on FHP’s commitment toward a safer Florida. They will be a valuable addition to our future efforts to save lives."
The 117th stands in their final formation.
Electra Theodorides-Bustle, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles stated in a press release, "We are proud that these graduates have chosen the honorable career of a Florida State Trooper. As troopers, they will have the opportunity to protect our state and save lives. We look forward to getting these troopers out on our roads to further the mission of the Department of keeping our highways safe and secure."
State Representative Marti Coley
The graduates and guests welcomed long-time supporter of the FHP, State Rep. Marti Coley, who addressed the class. Coley’s late husband, State Rep. David Coley, was a lieutenant colonel in the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary.
L-R: Col. John Czernis, HSMV Chief of Staff Larry Ringers, Recruit Lisa Barnett and State Rep. Marti Coley. Lisa received the HSMV Executive Director’s Award.
Col. John Czernis presents Recruit Trevor Kemp with the FHP Director’s Award.
During the commencement ceremony, the FHP honored Recruit Lisa Barnett with the Executive Director’s award for achieving the highest grade point average at the Academy. The Patrol presented the Director’s award, honoring the recruit demonstrating extraordinary courtesy and dedication during the training, to Recruit Trevor Kemp.
The 117th Recruits are sworn.
It is a tradition of the Florida Highway Patrol to have a recruit class banquet prior to their graduation. The 117th Recruit Class’s banquet was held on July 22, 2009. Members of the 117th Recruit Class, along with their families, and numerous others of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ family gathered together for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship.
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Of the 43 graduates, eight were selected to receive special recognition awards. Chief of Staff Larry Ringers and Colonel Czernis presented the awards:
The Florida Highway Patrol is proud to welcome these men and women into their ranks. Florida’s newest state troopers from the 117th class will report for duty by July 31, 2009. Good luck Class 117!!
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