Four area residents are among the 81 new troopers in the Ohio Highway Patrol's 153rd academy class, which graduated Feb. 8 after 22 weeks of training.
Graduating were troopers Jessie D. Johnson, of Mogadore; Robert J. Simone, of Silver Lake; John L. Gray II, of Stow; and Evan D. Mace, of Tallmadge.
Gray will be assigned to the highway patrol's Hiram post, Mace to the Chardon post and Johnson and Simone to the Canton post, according to the highway patrol. Two additional new troopers, Tieara M. Jones, of Youngstown, and Griffin P. Kelley, of Uniontown, were assigned to the Hiram post.
Each of the commissioned troopers reported to their posts on Feb. 9.
The graduates' first 60 working days will be a field-training period under the guidance of a veteran officer, according to the highway patrol.
The keynote address at the graduation was provided by John W. Magaw, former director of the U.S. Secret Service and a 1959 graduate of the highway patrol academy. Other speakers included Thomas P. Charles, director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety; Col. John Born, patrol superintendent; and Capt. Brigette Charles, academy commandant. The Oath of Office was issued by Judge Peter B. Abele, Fourth Appellate District, Ohio Court of Appeals.
Courses completed by the class included Core Values, crash investigation, criminal and traffic law, detection of impaired drivers, firearms, physical fitness, and self-defense. The cadets also received training in motor vehicle operations.