Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Three county Troopers among unique WVSP graduating class

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  • JACKSON COUNTY - Among the 27 new West Virginia State Police Troopers in the unique 64th Cadet Class who graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy in  ceremonies June 6 at West Virginia State University are three from Jackson County.
    The 64th Cadet Class was unique from all other classes that have graduated since 1919. The 26 men and one woman were recruited because of their previous experience in law enforcement. Combined, the new troopers already have more than 135 years of experience.
    Troopers were presented their new badges by Governor Tomblin and Colonel C.R. Smithers of the State Police.
    Tomblin along with U.S. Prosecuting Attorney William Ihlenfeld gave the graduation addresses, encouraging the troopers to become leaders not just on the job, but also in their communities.
    The troopers recently completed six months of training at the State Police Academy in Institute.
    The cadets who make up the 64th Cadet Class include:
    • Trooper George Curtis Burnem, age 30, from Sandyville, WV, and former Jackson County Deputy Sheriff and a 2001 graduate of Ravenswood High School. Burnem will be assigned to the Mason County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police.
    • Trooper Michael David Strobbe, age 36, from Ripley, WV, a former Jackson County Deputy Sheriff and a 1996 graduate of Ripley High School, who will be assigned to the Elizabeth detachment of the West Virginia State Police.  Trooper Strobbe is a 2001 graduate from Fairmont State College where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
    • Trooper Seth Andrew McDonald, age 25, from Ravenswood, WV, a former Ripley City Police Patrolman, and a 2007 home school graduate, who will be assigned to the Grantsville detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

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