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Natural Resources Police graduates 52nd class

September 27, 2009

ARNOLD, Md. -- The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP), the law enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources, on Sept. 18 recognized the 52nd graduating class of the Maryland Natural Resources Police Academy.

Among the 18 graduates were three from Washington County and two from Frederick County. They included Officer Gregory A. Jilek of Hagerstown, who received the top academic award; Officer Angela R. Englehart of Big Pool; Officer Bradley S. Lowe of Smithsburg; Officer Joshua R. Keeney of Frederick, Md.; and Officer Benjamin R. Lillard of Thurmont, Md.

The graduation ceremony marked the second class of new NRP officers hired this year.

Congressman Frank M. Kratovil gave the keynote address at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts at Anne Arundel Community College.

DNR Secretary John Griffin and DNR Deputy Secretary Eric Schwaab also attended the ceremony, along with NRP Superintendent Col. George F. Johnson IV and NRP Deputy Superintendent Lt. Colonel Alphonso Hawkins.

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Other Maryland graduates included Officer Mathew A. Bentley, Joppatowne; Officer Jeffrey L. Biermann, Cambridge; Officer Troy E. Brimer, Salisbury; Officer Bradley W. Bunting, Ocean City; Officer Devin R. Corcoran, Preston; Officer Annette M. Holmgren, Grasonville; Officer John M. Jones, Elkton; Officer Lindsey R. Markert, Baltimore; Officer Jessica L. Mattson, Salisbury; Officer Andrew J. Ostazeski, Port Republic; Officer Aaron P. Saunders, Columbia; Officer Elizabeth M. Tyler, Salisbury; and Officer Andrew T. Wilson, Rhodesdale.

In addition to the Top Academic Award received by Jilek, other award recipients were Marksman Award, Tyler; Navigation and Seamanship Award, Corcoran; Leadership Award, Holmgren; and Physical Fitness Award, Lowe.

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