“It’s Not a Job, It’s a Calling,” was just one of the many words of wisdom Guest Speaker Police Chief of West Chester, Joel Herzog shared with the 18th graduating class of cadets from the Basic Peace Officer Academy. Chief Herzog also spoke directly to the crowd of family and friends that filled the Public Safety Education Campus Forum, reminding them of their importance to support and encourage these young men and women as they embark on careers to keep our communities safe.
“Never stop learning” was advice provided by Chief Herzog that it seems these nineteen cadets took to heart their entire program. This class had a record number of 11 graduates with a 4.0. With such an outstanding group, it wasn’t easy for Ed and Denise Dulle to narrow their selection to just one awardee for the Sgt. Brian Dulle Memorial Award that honors their son, a Butler Tech graduate killed in the line of duty while serving with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Selecting one awardee was too difficult, so they chose three! The room filled with applause as John Thrasher, Erik Benkelmann, and Brittanie Bolten accepted their awards from the Dulle couple.
The applause continued as each cadet’s name was called to accept their graduation certificate and Challenge Coin.