ALBANY – Two graduates of the New York State Police Academy that call Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties home will soon be hitting the road.
Zechariah Kehoe, of Randolph and Jacob Genthner, of Sherman, were among the 228 new graduates announced Wednesday.
Kehoe will be based out of Troop B, patrolling the roads of the state’s North Country region. While Genthner will be based out of Troop C, patrolling the eastern part of the state’s Southern Tier.
The graduation ceremony in Albany capped off more than six months of academic, physical and tactical training.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul addressed the troopers saying there is “no greater or more noble calling” than protecting and serving the people of the state.
State Police awarded several honors to new troopers who excelled at academic achievement, physical fitness and the use of firearms during training.
This year’s firearms proficiency award went to 30-year-old Trooper Jameson Canning, who served in the Marine Corps before signing up for the State Police.
Officials say Canning scored 250 out of 250 during firearms training.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.