Montana Highway Patrol commissioned 13 new troopers at the 66th Advanced Academy Graduation ceremony, including Harris Wilson from Malibu, California, stationed in Sidney. Chief Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion addressed the graduates at the event, which took place at the Delta Marriott Hotel in Helena.

In his remarks, Bennion thanked the graduates for choosing a life of public service. “Montana Highway Patrol troopers may wear green and tan rather than blue, but you stand alongside fellow officers from agencies across Montana to form a thin blue line that protects us from dangers seen and unseen. For that, all of us are deeply grateful for your dedication to community, family, and public safety,” Bennion said.

Other members of the 66th academy class include:

Thomas Bjorkman

• Hometown: Lindstrom, Minnesota

• Initial station: Lewistown

Thomas Clawson

• Hometown: Plentywood, Montana

• Initial station: Plentywood

Jared Delaney

• Hometown: Park City, Montana •

• Initial station: Billings

Wyatt Duncan

• Hometown: Valdez, Alaska

• Initial station: Big Timber

Matthew Hudgins

• Hometown: Sacramento, California

• Initial station: Billings

Caleb Kadrmas

• Hometown: Glendive, Montana

• Initial station: Glendive

Andrew Leighton

• Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

• Initial station: Bozeman

Hayden Mannetter

• Hometown: Mammoth Lakes, California

• Initial station: Big Sky

Jacob Parker

• Hometown: Bridger, Montana

• Initial station: Billings

Aidan Schaffer

• Hometown: Barto, Pennsylvania

• Initial station: Bozeman

Michael Severson

• Hometown: Livingston, Montana

• Initial station: Billings

Connor Wager

• Hometown: Caroga Lake, New York

• Initial station: Livingston

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