by Diane VanDyke
Twenty-three police cadets graduated from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy on Nov. 17 during a ceremony held at the College’s Science Center Theater at the Central Campus in Blue Bell.
The graduates of Class 1002 are: Lt. Jason Harrar (East Greenville), Sgt. 1st Class Alex Leonard (North Wales), SSgt. Brian Kelly (Blakeslee), Sgt. Jeffrey Douglas (South Amboy, NJ), Sgt. Nicholas Harrison (Norristown), Sgt. James Pfau (Abington), Cpl. Andrew Misner (Langhorne), Cpl. James Smith (Havertown), John Adamson (Warrington), Jeff Anderson (Horsham), Andrew Brown (Lansdale), Michael Coughlin (Worcester), Stephen Crane (Springfield), Drew Freed (Collegeville), Daniel Gallagher (Boyertown), Michael Jenkins (East Norriton), Michael Mannino (Chalfont), William Marine (Philadelphia), Adrian McMenamin (Philadelphia), Vincent Mundy (Plymouth Meeting), Braden Sacks (Schwenksville), Michael Schepise (Fairless Hills), and James Wielgus (Perkasie).
Lt. Jason Harrar received the Leadership Award, Stephen Crane was named Valedictorian, Cpl. Andrew Misner received the Sgt. James R. Miller Marksmanship Award, and Adrian McMenamin earned the Spirit of Distinction Award.
As a class project, the cadets, in conjunction with Class 1004, raised and donated $1,120 to the Officer David M. Petzold Memorial Foundation. Officer Petzold, a 1996 Police Academy graduate, lost his life in the line of duty in Nov. 2006. The non-profit foundation fosters lifelong learning in public safety, awareness of public service and mentoring relationships.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent and Police Academy Instructor Scott A. Duffey was the keynote speaker. He told the cadets that their graduation is the beginning of their stories, and that the challenges they will face and their responding actions will affect the outcome of other people’s lives.
“Like fire refines precious metals, challenges make better police officers and better people,” he said.
Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. and Chief County Detective of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Oscar P. Vance, Jr. also attended.