On behalf of the members of the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums we wish you all the best in the days, weeks, months and years ahead of serving the citizen of the old North State.
Congratulations Troopers – and thanks for putting up with the skirl of the pipes and drums every Monday night for the past 29 weeks…we hope you enjoy the band CD we provided as a parting gift.
From the NC Department of Public Safety website (https://www.ncdps.gov/NewsRelease.cfm?id=1610)
RALEIGH – Twenty cadets graduated from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol training academy in a ceremony today held at the Colonial Baptist Church in Cary. The 132nd Basic Patrol School graduation ended 29 weeks of extensive academic and physical training for the new state troopers. Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry congratulated the cadets and said their service is a calling to protect human rights.
“We cannot live, move and breath unless we are safe,” Perry said, referring to the U.S. Constitution. “We cannot have the pursuit of excellence without safety.”
State Highway Patrol Commander Bill Gray said it takes a special person to step up and say, ‘I want to be a state trooper.’ He asked the families to be understanding, because there will be days when the troopers will not be able to talk about what they’ve seen that day.
“You have excelled where others have failed,” Gray told the cadets. “Live up to the high standard of the men and women who have served before us, and always err on the side of compassion.”
N.C. State Basketball Coach Mark Gottfried, the guest speaker, said, “I am impressed and humbled – what you’ve chosen to do is remarkable.” He encouraged the cadets to have a genuine love and care for those who stand beside them. “I can’t imagine what it is like to walk up to a car and never know what’s going to happen. Be loyal to each other and be there for one another. Love what you do and be the best you can be.”
Major Troy Butler, director of training for the State Highway Patrol, told the cadets, “You gave us 110 percent effort every day. You stayed on course. You pushed the limit. This is your day.”Below is a listing of the new graduates and their respective duty stations.
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