First Posted: 7/21/2010
The Lackawanna College Police Academy graduated 26 cadets at the 189th Police Academy Commencement ceremony at the Mellow Theater Friday, July 16. Acting College President Mark Volk was the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Also, the family of fallen Trooper Joseph J. Welsch of Archbald presented a memorial gift to one of the graduating cadets. Trooper Welsch was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 13, 1977. He was 26 years old and had been with the Pennsylvania State Police for four years. His wife, Jean M. Welsch of Mansfield, was presented the State Police Cross on Dec. 13, 1977. The names and hometowns of the graduates are as follows: Brandon W. Bell, Taylor; Nicholas G. Bernardi, Moosic; Matthew C. Brokenshire, Wyoming; Nickolas G. Brown, Pittston; Samuel J. DeSimone, Clarks Summit; Raymond A. Glova, Plymouth; David C. Hines, Clarks Summit; Kamron M. Hubbard, Tunkhannock; Daniel J. Kelly, Scranton; Christopher J. Mackie, Scranton; Crystal L. Matos, Moscow; David McDermott, Forty Fort; Michael A. Pagano, East Stroudsburg; Nicholas P. Riebel, Wilkes-Barre; Christopher M. Rinaldi, Dunmore; Nelson Rolon Far Hills, N.J.; Chloe S. Sanchez, Pittston; Kenneth L. Santos, Pocono Summit; Duane W. Saunders, Moosic; Salvatore M. Scarantino, Gouldsboro; Nicholas M. Shannon, East Stroudsburg; Shawn M. Singleton, Bangor; Jeffrey L. Spagna, Clarks Summit; Michael J. Trotta, Exeter; David E. Williams, Tunkhannock and John R. Wilson, Olyphant.