A Hancock County deputy was among the 45 graduates in the West Virginia State Police Academy 156th class.
Dante Lamont Jeter, who was hired by the Hancock County Sheriff's Department in May, gave a speech during the ceremony after his entire class elected him to represent them.
"We went from 45 individuals to one team and couldn't have done this without the support of our families," said Jeter.
Jeter's mother and father, Tanya Parker and Jerry Jeter, his girlfriend Ayana Harper as well as some friends and former co-workers joined Sheriff Ralph A. Fletcher, Chief Deputy Art Watson and Sgt. Scott Swan of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and Lt. Jeremy Krzys of the New Cumberland Police Department in offering support and witnessing this accomplishment following 16 weeks of training at the West Virginia State Police Academy.
"This is a great accomplishment," Fletcher said. "Not everyone makes it."
Jeter said he is eager to get out and work. "I feel lucky to be a resident of Hancock County and to get to serve my community," he said.