Photo/Story Gallery 2003

105th Recruit Class Graduates

Trooper Sanchez, his daughter and wife, and members of the Davie District enjoy Christmas fellowship at annual gathering. On December 18, 2003, the Florida Highway Patrol Academy graduated its 105th class in a ceremony held at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. Fred Dickinson, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director, introduced Lt. Governor Toni Jennings as the Commencement Speaker for the occasion.

Pictured left, 105th Class Graduates with Lt. Governor Toni Jennings

There were 34 graduates, including thirty-one from the 105th BRC (Basic Recruit Class) and three from the Certified Class. These 34 new troopers are a welcome addition, especially since FHP continues to be short-handed because of the retirement of a number of employees earlier this year.

105th Class Photo“Towards Perfection We Shall Strive”
“We’re Recruit Class 105”

Before taking their oaths and receiving their badges, the 105th BRC completed 27 weeks of intensive training, including over 1200 hours of classroom study at the FHP Academy located in Tallahassee.

The Certified Recruits completed 8 weeks of training. The troopers now have to complete ten weeks of field training before being released for solo patrol. Florida’s highways will be a little safer with these much needed troopers on the job.

swearingin105thClass awards were presented by Executive Director Dickinson and FHP Director Knight:

  • Executive Director’s Award:  Josue Mora
  • Class President’s Award:  Thomas Pikul
  • Public Speaking Award:  Thomas Pikul
  • Marksmanship Award:  Brian Lamb
  • Marksmanship Award:  Daniel Ortolani
  • Defensive Tactics Award:  Roxie Cummings
  • Physical Fitness Award(Most Improved):  Tomas Corey
  • Physical Fitness Award(Best Over-all):  John Carvalho
  • Director’s Award:  Christopher Aguila

Recruit class 105 in formation before graduation
Recruit class 105 in formation before graduation

FHP personnel before graduation
FHP personnel before graduation

Lt. Castleberry giving the Benediction
Lt. Ronald Castleberry gives the Benediction

Colonel Christopher Knight
Colonel Christopher Knight Presiding

Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings
Commencement Speaker, Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings

Class President Pikul addressing the gathering
Class President Pikul addresses the gathering