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18 DOC cadets graduate in February at NWTC


February 5, 2017

Lynn L. Martin

The cadet graduates turned and faced their families and friends after swearing-in ceremonies were completed Friday afternoon. In the background are the DOC officials who particpated in the graduation. They include Deanna Haskins; William Monday, Warden at WSKCC; Tracy McCullum, warden at NFCC; Steve Kiss, Administrator at Enid CC; Jason Bryant, Warden at JCCC; and Janice Melton, warden at BJCC. the graduates include: Kisha Mason, JCCC; Gage White, WSKCC; Gage Nailon, WSKCC; Thomas Wilson, JCCC; Johnathan Jones, NFCC; Arnold Fobb, NFCC; Audra Hines, JCCC; Shannon Fuksa, JCCC; Christopher Mattingly, NFCC. Back row, from left: William Sproul, JCCC; Jyrred Cook, WSKCC; Courtney Carney, WSKCC; Joseph Bronaugh, JCCC; Alberto Giannotti, JCCC; Tommie McMathm, Enid CC; Joshua Rouse, NFCC; Ross Lowe, JCCC; and Blake Woodruff, BJCC.

A class that ended up being split between two training officers completed their training to become prison guards on Friday, Feb. 3, at Northwest Technology Center. The initial instructor, Andrea Jordan, became ill during the course of the class and so Deanna Haskins, DOC training officer, completed the job.

Several speeches were given, with the main commencement speech provided by David Parker, regional director of DOC for Region II. However, a student, Joseph Bronaugh, provided the following remarks.

Lynn L. Martin

BJCC Warden Janice Melton presents the certificate of graduation to Blake Woodruff, who will be joining the correctional officer staff at the Alva facility.

He began his speech by asking for a moment of silence for the 113 correctional officers and 135 patrol officers and their families nationwide who gave their lives in the line of duty in 2016.

The main commencement speaker, David Parker, emphasized in his speech that the "that it is over and it is time for everyone to move to their respected facilities."

He joked he was tired of seeing them and they were tired of seeing him. "However, with that being said, you are now my new brothers and sisters, and if you need anything, I have your six."

Ending his speech on a proud note, he stated, "I'd like to remind you that you wear two emblems on your chest. The one to your left is your badge. The one to your right is your nameplate. The badge tells who hired you. The nameplate, who raised you. Treat both of them with respect and dignity at all times."


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