One Local Among 11 New Troopers Set To Graduate From Highway Patrol Academy

One local man will be among 11 new Highway Patrol Troopers set to graduate from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy.

The 11 new troopers will graduate from the academy on Friday, June 23, 2023, at 9 A.M. on the south lawn of the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. The graduation ceremony will be live streamed on the Patrol’s Facebook page.

The 117th Recruit Class reported to the Academy on January 3, and will report to duty in their assigned troops on July 10, 2023.

Among the 11 graduates is Ridgeway native Timothy W. Heintz, who will be assigned to Troop A and will cover Clay County upon graduation.

The Honorable Patricia Breckenridge, Supreme Court of Missouri, will provide the keynote address and administer the Oath of Office to the new troopers. Colonel Olson will also address the class. The Troop F Color Guard will present the colors and Sergeant Andrew A. Henry, Troop H, will sing the national anthem. Pastor Doug Richey, Pisgah Baptist Church, Excelsior Springs, MO, will provide the invocation and benediction.


The names, hometowns, and first assignments of members of the 117th Recruit Class are listed below:

Troop A
Trooper Mary E. Groner, Jefferson City, MO, Cass County
Trooper Timothy W. Heintz, Ridgeway, MO, Clay County

Troop C
Trooper Dalton B. Howell, Thayer, MO, South St. Louis County
Trooper Caleb C. De Alba, Naylor, MO, South St. Louis County
Trooper Michael S. Ogborn, Foristell, MO, St. Charles County
Trooper Jade M. Doyle, Carthage, MO, North St. Louis County
Trooper Hunter L. Rivera, Steelville, MO, South St. Louis County

Troop F
Trooper John K. Rizer, Camdenton, MO, Marine Operations
Trooper Levi G. Tiller, Boonville, MO, Morgan/Moniteau Counties

Troop I
Trooper Igor V. Brutsky-Stempkovsky, Willard, MO, Pulaski/Maries Counties
Trooper Gary W. Picard, Willow Springs, MO, Crawford County