10Jun Congratulations to Law Enforcement Academy Graduates by Wendy Weichenthal (Marion) Marion Technical College congratulates a dozen students who graduated from the Peace Officer Basic Training Academy. After a year of study and preparation, 100% passed the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) exam. “These men and women have worked hard and they are eager to serve,” said Commander Greg Perry, Director of Law and Criminal Justice at MTC. “I have no doubt they will make MTC proud as well as the communities they will protect.” Graduates include: • Cody Daniel of Marion • Robert Davis of Marion • Rochel Eckard of Pickerington • John Endicott of Marion • Dustin Hall of Marion • Logan Hulit of Marion • Joshua Kibler of Marion • Caleb Rector of Marion • Casey Stallard of Tiffin • Rebecca Stoner of Nevada • Eric Thomas of Bucyrus • Schyler Trent of Marion In addition, these students were presented with special class awards: • Top Driver Award: Logan Hulit • Top Exam Score: Logan Hulit • Top Fitness Award: John Endicott and Rebecca Stoner • Top Gun Shotgun Award: Schyler Trent • Top Gun Handgun Award: Schyler Trent Officer Allie Shepard with the Ontario Police Department, an MTC alumna from 2016, gave the keynote address. “We as law enforcement see more trauma sometimes in one day than most people see in their entire life,” Shepherd shared. “There will be a moment in your career where you know that you made the right choice in this profession. It isn’t a job; it’s a calling. I promise it will all be worth it. If I had the opportunity to go back and do it over, I would be right there at Marion Technical College doing the same thing that led me here.” Sgt. Troy Sexton with the Ohio Highway Patrol was recognized as the Instructor of the Year. According to CareerCoach data, there are more than 60 annual openings in the greater Marion area. The average salary of $58,111 for police patrol officers and sheriff’s deputies. The next Academy class starts this August. Applications are due by June 30.