HARRISBURG – Six cadets of the 134th graduating class of the Pennsylvania State Police are from Luzerne County and have been assigned to stations in Hazleton, Bethlehem and Montoursville.
Gov. Tom Corbett congratulated the 98 men and women joining the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police during graduation ceremonies Friday at Central Dauphin High School.
Two cadets from Luzerne County were honored with class awards: Cadet Robert J. Kirby of Harding was given the Daniel F. Dunn High Scholastic Award; and Cadet Anthony W. Sist of Hazle Township was honored with the Charles B. Gesford High Pistol Award.
The graduates, who have completed 25 weeks of intensive physical and classroom training, have been assigned to stations within nine troop areas across the state.
Among the Luzerne County residents in the graduating class, and the station they are assigned to are:
• James A. Yankovich Jr. of West Pittston, to Troop F, Montoursville.
• Sist of Hazle Township, to Troop M, Bethlehem.
• Assigned to Troop N, in Hazleton were: Martin J. Bibla of Mountain Top; Aaron S. Brunner of Dupont; Girard J. Dempsey Jr. of Jessup; Andrew S. Depew of Scranton; Ryan J. Kearney of Archbald; Kirby of Harding; Justin S. Magluilo of Brodheadsville; Martin R. McAndrew II of Factoryville; Lukasz K. Olszar of Covington Township; Justin M. Sannie of Hazleton; and Brian C. Stanco of Clarks Summit.
Through the years, the men and women of the Pennsylvania State Police have run toward danger to ease the pain of the suffering, to rescue the needy and to restore order among our people, Corbett said.
A week ago in Connecticut we witnessed the pain some people are willing to inflict upon others. Six years ago, the force you are now joining was called to such a tragedy at a small Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster.