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Posted Thursday, August 10th, 2017


The Morris County Office of Emergency Management, in partnership with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Morris County Park Police Department, held its fifth-annual Morris County Public Safety Youth Academy from July 31st – August 4th.

photo of students observing a police dog in action series of photos of youths with training dogs, weapons training, firefighting and other activities at the Youth Academy Morris County Public Safety Youth Academy Graduates 37 Students Morris County Public Safety Youth Academy Graduates 37 Students Morris County Public Safety Youth Academy Graduates 37 Students Morris County Public Safety Youth Academy Graduates 37 StudentsThe week-long program, sponsored by the Morris County Government Board of Chosen Freeholders, was open to all Morris County, NJ residents entering grades 9-12 in the upcoming school year.  Thirty-seven cadets graduated from this year’s program on Friday, Aug. 4, before a packed auditorium of family and friends at the Public Safety Academy in Parsippany.

Morris County Administrator John Bonanni and Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana attended the graduation ceremony. Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon was the keynote speaker.

“Each of you graduating today has come away from this experience having enhanced your leadership skills, your inter-personal skills and your self-confidence,” Freeholder Cabana said to the graduates. “I trust that each of you has also come away from your experience here with a greater understanding and respect for those who are in law enforcement, fire fighting, EMS or OEM occupations.”

With the goal of exposing cadets to all facets of the public safety field, the cadets participated in a variety of training programs and practical scenarios with real-world applications. These activities included: Bleeding Control for the Injured (B-Con) provided by Techline Trauma; “Behind the Bars” Tour of the of the Morris County Sheriff’s Correctional Facility; Criminal and Motor Vehicle Law Lecture followed by Practical Motor Vehicle Stop Scenarios.Youth Academy graduation cake

Also, Morris County SERT/SOG Tactical/Medical Scenarios; Live Fire Operational Training; Defensive Tactics; Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) Response from Police, Fire, EMS, and Emergency Management; Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section (C.I.S.) Mock Crime Scene; Virtual Firearms Simulator; Educational Opportunities Discussion; and our Morris County Park Police Intoxicated Driver Prevention Program.

Special thanks are offered to all of the partners who helped throughout the week, including Sergeant Allan Griffin of the Parsippany Police Department, Sergeant Paul Carifi, Jr. (RET) of the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy, Patrolman Christian DiGiralomo of the Morris County Park Police, and all of the staff from the various agencies who helped make this year’s program a success.

Congratulations to the 37 graduates of the 2017 Morris County Public Safety Youth Academy!


Jacob Alcock (Green Pond)

Sean Aul (Chatham)

Jordyn Bolan (Randolph)

Gavin Camoia (Budd Lake)

Jordan Cartagena (Pequannock)

Aniyah Cherubin (Long Valley)

Ethan Cherubin (Long Valley)

Kyle Cipkins (Mountain Lakes)

Samantha Cordileone (Kenvil)

Salvatore Davino (East Hanover)

Corinne Davis (Parsippany)

Gianna Gentile (Landing)

Bryan Gonzalez (Landing)

Andrew Griffin (Whippany)

Daniel Guzman (Parsippany)

Derrek Keyes (Landing)

Andrew Krajc (Succasunna)

Adam Lang (Landing)

Danielle Long (Chester)

Leonardo Lopez (Dover)

Nikki Lurz (Chatham)

Kyle McParland (Wharton)

Elijah Mure (Randolph)

Thomas Palmisano (Boonton)

Adam Reingold (Succasunna)

Ashley Rigor (Lake Hiawatha)

Nicolas Ruggiero (Lincoln Park)

Michael Scalley (Randolph)

Anthony Schulman (Pine Brook)

Isaiah Stotler (Boonton)

Sierra Valdes (Succasunna)

Udayan Vashisth (Parsippany)

Ryan Waldron (Randolph)

Robert Waldron (Kenvil)

Josh Wolff (Morris Plains)

Kaushik Yadala (Budd Lake)

Mackenzie Zuercher (Lincoln Park)