Photo/Story Gallery 2005

109th Recruit Class Graduates

Class 109 Photo“One Heart, One Mind,
We’re the Class of 109”

On April 14, 2005, the Florida Highway Patrol’s 109th Basic and Certified Officers recruit class graduated in a ceremony at the Leon County Civic Center in Tallahassee. Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director, Fred Dickinson, introduced Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary, Anthony Schembri, as the Commencement Speaker for the graduation exercises. Of the 36 graduates, eight were selected to receive special recognition, receiving awards as follows:

  • Executive Director’s Award: Fred D. Hall
  • FHP Director’s Award: Carlton B. Yarborough
  • Class President’s Award: Keenyn Hutto
  • Marksmanship Award: Jeremy Fields
  • Defensive Tactics Award: Carlton B. Yarborough
  • Physical Fitness Award (Best Overall): Shaun Reid
  • Physical Fitness Award (Most Improved): Lenita King
  • Public Speaking Award: Brendell Richardson

109pg042205at109pg042205tThe 109th Basic Recruit Class began their training September 20, 2004, while the members of the Certified Officers Recruit Class didn’t begin until December 6, 2004. After completing their respective 30 week and 9 week stints at the Academy in training, the Basic and Certified Officer Recruits were eager to receive their diplomas and badges and take their oath of office. The graduates must still complete 10 weeks of field training in their newly assigned districts before they are released to solo patrol.

The 109th arrives at the Civic Center.
The 109th arrives at the Civic Center.

Family and friends taking photos.
Giving recruits family and friends a photo opportunity.

Graduation begins when the recruits enter the room.
Graduation begins when the recruits enter the room.

Lt. Bryan Hudson speaks to the audience.
Lt. Bryan Hudson speaks to the audience.

Colonel Christopher Knight speaks to the graduating class.
Colonel Christopher Knight speaks to the graduating class.

Executive Director Fred Dickinson addressing the recruits.
Executive Director Fred Dickinson addresses the recruits.

Guest speaker Anthony Schembri.
Guest speaker Anthony Schembri.

Class President Hutto delivers his speech.
Class President Keenyn Hutto delivers his speech.

Class 109 final photo together.