Forty new Troopers join the ranks of Virginia State Police

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(WFXR) — It will be a major milestone for 40 new troopers, who graduate on Friday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. at the State Police Training Academy.

The graduation ceremony will take place at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike in North Chesterfield County. Gov. Ralph Northam will attend the graduation ceremony.

These new troopers spent more than 1,300 hours in the classroom and field. They learned more than 100 different subjects including de-escalation techniques, strategies to assist people in a mental health crisis, ethics and leadership, fair and impartial policing, constitutional law, emergency medical trauma care, and public and community relations. Their training began on Jan. 28 and lasted 27 weeks.

The graduating class spans across the Commonwealth and some new troopers are also representing several other states including California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and the country of Venezuela.

Of the graduating class, we have four new troopers from the southwest central Virginia area. 27-year-old Trooper Kaye A. Woods is from Botetourt County. Woods graduated from Ferrum College with a Criminal Justice degree and Radford University with a Master Degree in Criminal Justice.

Henry County’s Trooper Zane M. Forbes, 26, will be joining the VSP ranks. Forbes graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Criminology. He is also a United States Army Veteran.

Trooper Micah J. Gardner, 22, serves as a Sergeant with the Virginia Army National Guard. Gardner is from Blacksburg.

From Lexington, Trooper Carter L. Goodbar, 27, joins the VSP ranks. Carter has a degree from Radford University.

Starting Aug. 16, each trooper will report to their individual duty assignments across Virginia. Their final phase of training will consist of each graduate spending an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer.

These new Troopers will report to their individual duty assignments the week of August 16, 2021. For their final phase of training, each Trooper will spend an additional six weeks paired up with a Field Training Officer learning his or her new patrol area. 

Below are the names of the 134th Graduating Class:

Shawn Scott Allen-DicksonChesapeake
Christina Marie AraujoHaymarket
Elmon Garnett ArringtonRichmond
Sesaly Marie BardenReston
Ethan James BarlowAbingdon 
Frederick Joseph Boos, IIIEllicott City, Maryland
Barret Lee BrownLynchburg
Zachary Randy DutyBristol, Tennessee
Hector R. Estevez De La RosaClifton, New Jersey
Zane McKinley ForbesCollinsville
Mikella M. FuccellaHartfield
Micah James GardnerBlacksburg
Katherine Rita GlasscockBurkeville
Carter Lance GoodbarLexington
Jessie Lee GreenFarmville
Caleb Durand GrissomArchdale, North Carolina
Lewis Cole JohnstonGloucester
Andrew Patrick JordanNathalie
Anthony Vincent LaPianaLong Island, New York
Carlos Eduardo Landaeta MonsalvoMaracaibo, Venezuela
Kevin M. LeSageAtco, New Jersey
Anthony Brian LovellPound
Michael Lee LynchTazewell
Yuridia Diaz LynchMachipongo
Timothy Jordan MartinWytheville
David Wesley MeyersChesapeake
Jonathan Porter MillsFarmville
Jacob Barrow MooreBedford
Robert Dillon MoranStaunton
Maximilian Kolbe RadelSpotsylvania
Sean Aaron Russell Chilhowie 
Andrew Lee SmithRustburg
Minh Dominic StarzewskiSan Pedro, California
Nathaniel Gray StephensLovettsville
Harrison Glenn StewartPalmyra
Jeremy Lucas VinsonOak Ridge, North Carolina
Austyn Anthony WeaverHuntington Beach, California
Kaye Anne Marie Woods Ebony
Daniel John WrightGloucester
Travis Scott WyattChesterfield

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