Posted Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Morris County’s Youth Public Safety Academy on Aug. 15 graduated 38 high school students from across the county who spent the week of August 11 in a training program that exposed them to careers in public safety and public service.

The academy’s challenging, hands-on curriculum included interaction with county agencies; field trips; presentations from educators; an overview of Emergency Medical Services training; fire department, SWAT/SERT Team and K-9/Bomb Unit demonstrations; crime scene investigations; Emergency Management Special Operations Group and physical training in a format similar to what actual police, fire and EMS academy cadets experience.

38 High School Students Graduate from Youth Public Safety Academy

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders sponsored the free academy along with the county’s Department of Law and Public Safety to build interest in public service and public safety professions.

“If attending and graduating from the Academy has motivated you to learn more about the profession and perhaps pursue it as a career, any law enforcement agency would be happy to have you,” Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo told the students during the graduation ceremony. “Each of you graduating this evening has come away from this experience having enhanced your leadership skills, your inter-personal skills and your self-confidence.

Academy instructors and volunteers came from a number of agencies including the Department of Law & Public Safety, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the county’s Public Safety Academy, Atlantic Health, the NJ Police Community Affairs Officers Association and the Parsippany- Troy Hills Police Department, said the youth academy’s coordinator, William Schievella.

Freeholder Douglas Cabana, liaison to the Department of Law and Public safety, said the freeholder board was proud to sponsor the academy.

“The leadership lessons these young men and women learned during the week will last them a lifetime,” Cabana said.

The students who graduated from the Youth Public Safety Academy included Neil Dave of Denville; Matthew Alessio and John Cannilla of Florham Park; Jonathan Fessock of Gillette; Victoria Liu of Hanover Township; Brandon Olmstead of Hopatcong; David Terpstra of Jefferson Township; Danielle Nussberger of Lafayette; Alfred Sorrentino of Lincoln Park; Dustin Ferrone and Jenna Graff of Mendham; Danielle D Amore of Montville Township; Scott Carton, Christina Geiger and John McDermott of Morris Plains.

Also graduating were Andrew Hicks of Morris Township; Prayaag Rao, Hector Huertas and Alex Malliet of Morristown; Karoline Rebellon of Mt. Arlington; Javed Persaud, Farah Randelia, Friya Randelia, Nikki James Soto and Marcus Workman of Parsippany; Thomas Palazzo and Christopher Zelly of Randolph; Arthur Pacheco of Rockaway Borough; Ebony Ashford, Daniel Little and Daniela Nieves of Rockaway Township; Zachary Atalla, Anthony Calabrese, Walter Chavarria and Rebecca Dimichino of Roxbury Township; Alexander Honegger of Warren; Ryan Turse of Washington Township; and Marcus Prol of West Caldwell.