19 cadets graduate from ETPA night class; Pinson, James academy standouts

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Dec 3, 2007 - The 19 members of East Texas Police Academy-Sulphur Springs Night Class VII of cadets were honored this weekend for completing the 640 hour basic peace officer certificate course.

�They�ve come a long way. We started with 25 and are down to the 19 you see here tonight,� said Andy Chester, lead instructor for the Sulphur Springs ETPA course. �A lot of dedication was put forth and effort to get here tonight.�

�These folks worked real hard through some tedious nights to get here,� Brian Ruthven, ETPA director, said. �We thank you all. It�s true no man is an island. Sisters, brothers, mothers, dads, spouses, kids all made sacrifices to get them through this course, a 640 hour course.�

Ruthven also noted that the Sulphur Springs program would not be possible without the efforts of Andy Chester, who teaches the academy weeknights after he finishes his regular job as chief investigator at Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the many law enforcement agencies and association officers, both off-duty and on-duty who support

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