Photo/Story Gallery 2007

The 114th Graduates

114th ClassBlack & tan to the core, we’re the mighty 1-1-4!

On September 19, 2007, in a ceremony at the Leon County Civic Center in Tallahassee, the Florida Highway Patrol’s 114th Basic and Certified Officers Recruit Class graduated.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director, Electra Bustle, introduced FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey as the Commencement Speaker for the graduation exercises.

The 114th Basic Recruit Class began their training March 4, 2007 and the 114th Certified Recruit Class joined them on July 29, 2007. After completing their respective training at the Academy, the Basic and Certified Officer Recruits received their diplomas and badges, and Lt. Colonel Czernis administered the oath of office.

The 114th stands in their final formation.The 114th is sworn in.The graduates must still complete 10 weeks of field training in their assigned districts before they are released to solo patrol.

Of the 38 graduates, eight were selected to receive special recognition awards. Executive Director Bustle and Lt. Colonel Czernis presented the awards:

  • Executive Director’s Award: Eric Abercrombie
  • Class President’s Award: Eric Abercrombie
  • Public Speaking Award: Vickie Kellum
  • Marksmanship Award: Elvin Gonzalez
  • Defensive Tactics Award: Yanier Gener
  • Physical Fitness Award (Most Improved): Keosha Maddox
  • Physical Fitness Award (Best Overall): Christopher Slowick
  • FHP Director’s Award: Sterling Safford

The Florida Highway Patrol is proud to welcome these men and women into their ranks. Good luck Class 114!

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