Two Helena residents join the Montana Highway Patrol
Two local residents can now call themselves troopers after graduating from the Montana Highway Patrol's Advanced Academy.
Members of the 54th Advanced Academy class received their badges today during a ceremony at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel. Two local men are going on to serve in other parts of the state, but both of them say the Helena community inspired them to serve the people of Montana. After 9 grueling months of training, Thomas Kruse and Wade Lamb have officially graduated from the Montana Highway Patrol's Advanced Academy.
Lamb says, "It took a long time to get here, long process but it feels really good it feels like we have achieved so much already."
And today, all that training paid off. Attorney General Tim Fox was in attendance and says he has no doubt these troopers are ready to serve Montana.
Fox says, "These new individuals who we now call troopers have been highly trained, highly motivated and they are going to do a good job serving the people of Montana."
Kruse was elected to speak on behalf of the class. During his speech, Kruse recognized the highway patrol as an outstanding organization. MHP Chief, Colonel Kenton Hickethier says Kruse's speech truly reflects his personality.
Hickethier says, "When he spoke today it came right from the heart and what more can you ask for somebody that respects himself and his fellow classmates and the organization and the citizens of our great state."
Even though Kruse and Lamb will go on to serve in other parts of the state, they both agree, the Helena community helped inspire them to serve others.
Kruse says, "We know the area, we are invested in this area of Helena, we love the community and I think both of us had that in mind when we joined the patrol, is giving back to the community of Helena that has given so much to us."
Wade says he was lucky to have someone like Kruse by his side during the last 9 months. He says the grueling training brought them even closer together.
Lamb says, "Small community, small world, we became good friends and he is a good guy."
And now that they have taken their oath, the men are more than ready to start to their jobs.
Kruse says, "I'm excited to get on the road and do the job I have been trained to do."
Once they finish field training, Kruse will be stationed in Havre, and Lamb will serve in Sidney.
Story by Jill Jagelski, Beartooth NBC.
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