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ACHS grad Michael Waggener among 39 new KSP troopers

Columbia's Michael Waggener, the son of Dan and Cindi Waggener, and grandson of Randall & Joyce Pyles and Peggy & the late Dan Waggener, is among the graduates and will be assigned to Post 3 in Bowling Green.

By Lt. Michael Webb

Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 39 new troopers at ceremonies held in Frankfort today. Their addition to the force brings the agency's strength to a total of 911 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth.

"I am pleased to welcome these 39 new troopers," said KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders. "It's been a long, hard road and they have paid their dues. They have earned that patch and that badge."


"Twenty-first century policing is a tough job," he added. "These men and women have prepared to go out and be the best of the best as guardians of their communities."

The new troopers are part of the agency's 94th cadet class. They reported for duty on May 22, 2016 in a class that consisted of 66 cadets. Twenty-seven resigned during the rigorous 23-week training cycle that followed. Six women started the program and four completed the training.

The training included more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study in subjects such as constitutional law, juvenile and traffic law, use of force, weapons training, defensive tactics, first aid, high speed vehicle pursuit, criminal investigation, computer literacy, hostage negotiations, evidence collection, radio procedures, search and seizure, crash investigation, drug identification, traffic control, crowd control, armed robbery response, land navigation, electronic crimes, sex crimes, hate crimes, domestic violence, bomb threats and hazardous materials.

Several members of the class earned special recognitions including valedictorian Sarah Burgess, of Lexington, Ky., and salutatorian Joseph Kenny, of New Castle, Ky.

William Pope, of Harlan, Ky., received the Ernie Bivens Award, an honor presented to the cadet who, in the opinion of the KSP Academy staff supported by input from the cadets themselves, shows distinction as a class leader, strives for academic excellence and has excelled in all phases of the academy's physical and vocational training.

Nicholas Brumback, of McKee, Ky., received the Commissioner's Commitment to Excellence Award, which is presented to cadets who demonstrate leadership, the desire to get the job done and the determination to be the best every day.

Jeremey Hamilton, of Danville, Ky., received the Overall Fitness Award.

Three of the new troopers are from London. Lexington, Harlan and Stanford are each represented by two new troopers.

The following is a list of the new troopers, their duty assignments and their hometowns or residences:

Post 1, Mayfield
  • Sarah Burgess, Lexington
  • Scott DeShields, Murray
  • Nathaniel Day, Taylor, Mich.

Post 2, Madisonville
  • Justin Cornett, Somerset
  • John Eilert, Fort Campbell
  • Jacob Stephens, Brunswick, Ohio

Post 3, Bowling Green
  • Darren Lowe, Middlesboro
  • Courtney Milam, Lawrenceburg
  • Michael Waggener, Columbia

Post 4, Elizabethtown
  • Vincent Hazelwood, Lexington
  • Ethan Whitlock, Elizabethtown

Post 5, Campbellsburg
  • Joshua Housley, Finchville
  • Jacob Middleton, Harlan
  • Jamie Smith, London
  • Tyler Stevens, Debord
  • Gavin Sullivan, Shelbyville
  • Kyle Trosper, Corbin

Post 6, Dry Ridge
  • Gary Cooper, Stanford
  • Joseph Kenny, New Castle
  • Michael Reichenbach, Stanford

Post 7, Richmond
  • Nicholas Brumback, McKee
  • Wendell Hunter, Scottsburg
  • John O'Dea III, Richmond

Post 8, Morehead
  • Harley Catron, Mt. Sterling
  • Kris Cox, Morehead
  • Matthew Day, Krypton
  • Logan Gay, London
  • Justis Hensley, Salyersville
  • Tyler Smith, Whitesburg
  • Justin Wagner, Wallingford

Post 9, Pikeville
  • Joseph Coleman, Fedscreek
  • William Pope, Harlan

Post 13, Hazard
  • Houston Lewis, London
  • Branden Watts, Baxter

Post 14, Ashland
  • Joshua Collett, Wooten
  • Tyler Daniels, Beaver

Post 16, Henderson
  • Joseph Buckman, Uniontown
  • Jeremey Hamilton, Danville
  • Joseph Hensley, Loyall

Each new trooper will be supervised by a training officer for six to eight weeks after reporting to their post assignments.


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2016-10-29 - Frankfort, KY - Photo courtesy Kentucky State Police. The Kentucky State Police commissioned 39 new troopers at a ceremony held in Frankfort on Oct. 28. Among the graduates is Michael Waggener, the son of Dan and Joyce Waggener of Columbia.
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