Greene County man is now a Forest Ranger



40 Recruits Graduate from DEC's 21st Basic School for Uniformed Officers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the graduation of 31 Environmental Conservation Officers and nine Forest Rangers from the State Department of Environmental Conservation's 21st Basic School for Uniformed Officers. The 40 new officers received their diplomas in a formal ceremony at the Kallet Theater in Pulaski on Friday, August 25.

The Basic School was held at the Office of Public Protection's Training Academy in Pulaski, Oswego County, which runs along the Salmon River.

The Academy began February 12 and ran for 28 weeks. Training and coursework include environmental conservation law, criminal procedure, vehicle and traffic laws, physical conditioning, firearms, wildlife identification, emergency vehicle operations, search and rescue, land navigation, boating, and wildfire suppression.

21st Basic School Graduates:

Environmental Conservation Officers

ECO Sara G. Barrett, Phelps, NY

ECO Aaron J. Bonilla, North Syracuse, NY

ECO Taylor M. Della Rocco, Berne, NY

ECO Brendan P. Dickson, East Quogue, NY

ECO Shane T. Dobies, Canandaigua, NY

ECO Connor A. Dodge, North Tonawanda, NY

ECO Jeremy M. Fadden, Lake Placid, NY

ECO Ryan T. Grogan, Herkimer, NY

ECO Joshua P. Harvey, Wanakena, NY

ECO Corey J. Hornicek, Hortonville, NY

ECO Jacob A. Jankowski, Dunkirk, NY

ECO Joshua T. Jarecki, Clayville, NY

ECO Jeffrey P. Johnston, Warminster, PA

ECO Robert M. Kaufherr, Centereach, NY

ECO Ryan W. Kelley, Paul Smiths, NY

ECO Zachary M. Kochanowski, Waterville, NY

ECO Amanda M. Lerch, Dix Hills, NY

ECO Robert J. McCabe, Wading River, NY

ECO Adam L. Muchow, Clarence, NY

ECO Nicholas G. Nicholas, Johnstown, NY

ECO Dustin T. Osborne, South New Berlin, NY

ECO Daniel R. Plows, Brookfield, NY

ECO Zachary T. Prentice, Auburn, NY

ECO Sean W. Rockefeller, Olean, NY

ECO Matthew S. Rutherford, Averill Park, NY

ECO Chloe S. Swansen, Putnam Valley, NY

ECO Matthew T. Thibodeau, Fort Edward, NY

ECO Kevin N. Wamsley, Pine Plains, NY

ECO Ryan W. Wing, Mt. Vision, NY

ECO Max D. Woyton, Naples, NY

ECO Michael Wozniak, Lancaster, NY

Forest Rangers

FR Calee C. Baker, Warrensburg, NY

FR Mark A. Brand, Buffalo, NY

FR Richard D. Franke, Jr., Liberty, NY

FR John T Gagne, Round Top, NY

FR Lincoln N. Hanno, Castorland, NY

FR Matthew S. Hettenbaugh, Cherry Creek, NY

FR Patrick L. Lee, Lowville, NY

FR John J. Rusher, IV, Toms River, NJ

FR Ryan A. Wickens, Geneva, NY

The graduating class will join the ranks of 275 ECOs and 131 Forest Rangers currently serving across the state. Recruits in this newest class were selected from an eligible list of qualifications and passing scores generated from the most recent Civil Service exam, which was given in 2013.

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