by Diane VanDyke
Twenty-three police cadets graduated from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy on Nov. 16 during a ceremony held at the College’s Science Center Theater, Blue Bell.
The graduates of Class 1102 included Jason Aduddell (Ardmore), Micah Albert (Souderton), Devon Beer (Doylestown), Dawn Marie Cabrera (Roslyn), Robert Daniello (Yardley), Jason Daye (Telford), Christopher Dolan (Bensalem), Matthew Duross (Willow Grove), Edward Dvorak (Harleysville), Justin Grotz (Fairless Hill), Emily Hopkins (Philadelphia), Brian Hyams (Philadelphia), Anthony Matteo (Hatboro), Alex Moldavskiy (Philadelphia), Chris Pennington (Holland), Matthew Rychlak (Malvern), David Sangree (Hatboro), Timothy Sebenick (Hatboro), Matthew Trznadel (Royersford), Michael Urban (Doylestown), Alicia VanArsdale (Flourtown), Matthew Walsh (Philadelphia) and Mark Zakrzewski (Philadelphia).
Cadet Jason Daye was named Valedictorian, Lt. Micah Albert earned the Leadership Award and Cadet Jason Aduddell earned the Sgt. James R. Miller Marksmanship award. Sgt. Brian Hyams was recognized with the Spirit of Distinction Award for his determination, personality and initiative.
During his address to the class, Daye acknowledged that the program was challenging physically and mentally, but that the class performed well.
“It would be my privilege and honor to work with any of you as my partner,” Daye said. “Thank you for the time we shared together.”
Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. and Montgomery County Deputy Chief County Detective Samuel J. Gallen attended the ceremony. The keynote speaker was District Justice Paul N. Leo of the 38th District, who also teaches at the Police Academy.
Justice Leo told the cadets that a law enforcement career is like a dangerous game in which they would face numerous stumbling blocks, challenges and dead ends, as they tried to apprehend criminals, but they would persevere and rise above those difficulties.
“There will be a defining moment in your life,” he said. “It could be when you are chasing a suspect or have to testify in court. But when it happens, you will know what kind of person you are, and why you are all better than that.”
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 3,100 cadets with a consistent graduation rate of more than 96 percent. The 800-hour curriculum allows successful students to articulate up to 15 credit hours toward an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.
“Honor, integrity, loyalty, service, teamwork,” Academy Director Frank A. Williar said. “These are not empty concepts but a lifestyle we adopt and hold dear. Law enforcement is a challenging and dangerous but very rewarding profession. It takes special people who yearn to make a difference.”
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.