by Diane VanDyke
Thirty-four police cadets graduated from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy on March 2 during a ceremony held at the College’s Science Center Theater at the Central Campus.
The graduates of Class 1004 are: Robert Alburger, Perkasie; Kevin Ambrose, Delran, N.J.; Frank Arrivello, Bensalem; William Becker, Silverdale; Carl Blum, Abington; Brian Bowles, Roslyn; Michael Brown, Hatfield; David DiCastelnuovo, Wayne; Chris Dougherty, Blue Bell; Francis Doyle, Hatboro; Zachery Fairchild, Phila.; John Fetscher, West Chester; Tom Fleming, Limerick; Frank Franco, Quakertown; Kyle Gruver, Willow Grove; Lawrence Hardy, Levittown; John Heleniak, Conshohocken; Jason Hoover, King of Prussia; Seth Kanner, Bala Cynwyd; Michael Kemp, Schwenksville; Frank McCann, Glenside; Rich McCarrick, Collegeville; Brandi McCoy, Lansdale; Dan Moser, Royersford; James Murray, Phila.; Tanya Orliw, Conshohocken; Andrew Pribbernow, Newtown; Matthew Seydel, Rockledge; Austin Starke, Glenside; Matthew Toro, Lansdale; Eric Weir, Oreland; Chris Wilbur, Ardsley; Adam Zieske, Ft. Washington; and Zack Zinman, Holland.
Lt. Jason Hoover, Class Commander, received the Leadership Award, and Seth Kanner was Valedictorian. David DiCastelnuovo received the Sgt. James R. Miller Marksmanship Award with an Honorable Mention going to Robert Alburger as a close second place. Two cadets, Sgt. Michael Brown and Francis McCann, received the Spirit of Distinction Award.
“We will face challenges as individuals in the future that our training as a team will help us overcome,” said Valedictorian Kanner to his fellow cadets during the ceremony. “We can stand proud knowing that we are working to make the community a better place.”
North Coventry Township Police Chief Robert A. Schurr and Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. were the keynote and guest speakers, respectively.
Montgomery County Community College, in conjunction with the state training commission, operates the Municipal Police Academy at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus, 1175 Conshohocken Road, Conshohocken.
The Academy has been the training ground for approximately 3,000 cadets with a consistent graduation rate of more than 90 percent. The 800-hour curriculum allows successful students to articulate up to 20 credit hours toward an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.
“You will not have to ask, ‘What did I contribute? What did I sacrifice? Did I make a difference?’” Academy Director Frank A. Williar said to the graduates. “You will never have that problem. You will make a difference every single day.”
Williar, a 1974 Police Academy graduate, was hired as the Academy Director in 2005. The Academy is certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.