Five new troopers assigned to area highway patrol offices

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Harnett and Johnston counties will soon be getting some new state troopers, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

The new faces come after Friday’s graduation ceremony in Raleigh. The North Carolina Highway Patrol officially welcomed a total of 39 new troopers following the 154th Basic Highway Patrol School, which ended 12 weeks of training to prepare the new troopers for their duties.

Assigned to the Lillington office were troopers Geoffrey Middlebrooks, Dolan Grady and Nathan Collinsworth. Joining the Smithfield office are troopers Colby Hall and Michael Parks. Their careers will begin on Dec. 15 when they report for the first day of the NCSHP field training program.

Col. Freddy L. Johnson Jr., the 28th commander of the State Highway Patrol, presented the keynote address after the new troopers were sworn-in by North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Michael Morgan. Johnson told the graduates they have a tough and important job ahead of them.

“As a part of this agency, you will have big responsibilities placed upon you,” Johnson said. “I am confident you are up to the challenge. A responsibility to carry on a long history of service, community, partnerships, pride, and providing the highest level of law enforcement services to our state are among the most important.”

New graduates joining the NCSHP were not the only noteworthy actions, two Harnett County troopers were honored for going above and beyond. Trooper Gary Altman was honored with the Samaritan Award and Trooper Christopher Macintosh was honored with two Samaritan Awards.

Johnson commended all the honorees and complimented them on their devotion to duty and for going the extra mile.

“The recipients being recognized today have exhibited extraordinary dedication to service far beyond what is required of their normal duties,” Johnson said. “These sworn and civilian members have made it their personal mission to safeguard the lives and well-being of those they serve.”

Rick Curl can be reached at rcurl@mydailyrecord.com or at 910-230-2038.

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