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Three Greater Pittston men were welcomed into the ranks of the Pennsylvania state police on Friday.


• Robert J. Kirby of Harding was assigned to Troop N in Hazleton. Harding was awarded the Daniel F. Dunn High Scholastic Award.


• James A. Yankovich, Jr. of West Pittston, was assigned to Troop F, Montoursville.


• Aaron S. Brunner of Dupont, was assigned to Troop N, in Hazleton.


Gov. Tom Corbett congratulated the 98 men and women joining the ranks during graduation ceremonies.


Through the years, the men and women of the Pennsylvania State Police have run toward danger to ease the pain of the suffering, to rescue the needy and to restore order among our people, Corbett said.


A week ago in Connecticut we witnessed the pain some people are willing to inflict upon others. Six years ago, the force you are now joining was called to such a tragedy at a small Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster.


Also speaking at today's ceremony held at Central Dauphin High School, was State Police Commissioner Col. Frank Noonan. Cadet Philip E. Rhym, Philadelphia, spoke on behalf of the cadet class. The graduates, who have completed 25 weeks of intensive physical and classroom training, have been assigned to stations within nine troop areas across the state.


Maj. John W. Laufer III, director of the State Police Bureau of Training and Education, supervised the training of the class, which was the 134th class to graduate from the State Police Academy in Hershey since it opened in 1960.

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