Seven Luzerne County residents were among the 79 men and women joining the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police after their graduation from the State Police Academy in Hershey.
The class was the 136th to graduate since the academy opened in 1960.
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, include several locally.
The seven Luzerne County residents among the graduates and what station they’ve been assigned to:
• Richard K. Rachkowski of Harding, to Troop H in Harrisburg;
• William M. Everett of Wilkes-Barre, to Troop J in Lancaster;
• Nicholas M. Mantione of Plains, to Troop J in Lancaster;
• Timothy J. McManus III of Mountain Top, to Troop M in Bethlehem;
• Christopher M. Ervin of Wapwallopen, to Troop N in Hazleton;
• Christopher R. Stecik of Duryea, to Troop P in Wyoming;
• Steve D. Steransky Jr. of Exeter, to Troop P in Wyoming.
Three other area graduates were also assigned to stations:
• Steven G. Hamilton of Tunkhannock, to Troop K in Philadelphia;
• Matthew R. Jones of Scranton, to Troop N in Hazleton;
• Peter T. Smith of Clarks Summit, to Troop P in Wyoming.