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Training - 59th Maine State Police Training Troop
Looking back on the past nine weeks the 59th has utilized all of the time possible. We committed ourselves both mentally and physically to rigorous and demanding advanced training everyday. This week we continued that training while keeping in mind graduation was only a few days away. We were able to experience first hand the effects of CS gas, both with and without our gas masks. It is important to train in these extreme circumstances to realize one is able to function although impaired. It was uncomfortable but we will be able to look back on these times and laugh and quite possibly use what we have experienced.
The following morning the 59th walked several flights of stairs to reach the highest peak on the Academy grounds. From there we encouraged each other not to look down and began to repel. The camaraderie amongst the Troop was the highest it has been in all nine weeks and we will definitely miss moments like these. Our Guidon was successfully repelled to the bottom and was a symbol to the Troop that we are now an integral part of the State Police Family.
Later in the afternoon a K-9 handler and her dog arrived to demonstrate a live bite to the Recruits. Each Recruit was able to try on a bite sleeve and receive a forceful hit from the K-9. It was interesting to watch the interaction between the handler and her dog.
The Troop took part in honoring one of our fallen heroes, Trooper Jeffrey A. Parola, by running 6.2 miles to his gravesite. Trooper Parola was killed in a car accident in 1994 and will always be missed by those who were fortunate enough to work with him. We were joined by members of the State Police pipes and drums team who played while we took part in a small ceremony to remember his hard work and dedication to the State Police.
Friday came very fast and the 59th was more than prepared to graduate. Trooper's, local municipalities, family, and friends were all there to congratulate us on our achievement and wish us well in our future endeavors. We will never forget the nine weeks we were able to spend together, and the excellent training environment that the instructors dedicate themselves to in order to continue the tradition of becoming a Maine State Trooper. Our final quote sums up the training of the 59th Recruit Training Troop. "There's a difference between having 20 years of experience and having the same year of experience 20 times."
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