BUTTE COUNTY – On July 18, 2020, 41 cadets graduated from the law enforcement academy at Butte College to become the newest park rangers and peace officer-lifeguards at California State Parks.
“We have much admiration for our newest California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) members who gave it their all in the academy during a time like no other,” said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. “A pandemic, civil unrest, and away from their families, and they persevered. Congratulations, do well in your field training, and be proud of the public safety profession you have chosen. We are proud of you!”
The class of cadets saw a two-month hold amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a virtual graduation ceremony, the first in State Park history. After nine long months, the class produced 33 rangers and eight lifeguards who will be stationed throughout the state.
According the State Parks Digest (July 24, 2020): CSLEA Member and Class Salutatorian Matthew Fockler thanked everyone at the academy and the staff for their support, and gave special thanks to his wife, Sierra, who was due to give birth soon. CSLEA Member and Class valedictorian Alexander Ramm spoke about what it meant to be part of the State Parks family.
CSLEA Members who graduated received the following awards:
Firearms – Alexander Ramm
Defensive Tactics – Tristan Rosenberger
Physical Training – Tristan Rosenberger
Academics – Donald Crouthamel III
Emergency Vehicle Operations – Daniel Thomas
Park Operations – Spencer York
Bob Donohue Memorial Scholarship – Matthew Fockler
James Whitehead – Alex Claude
To read more about the class and graduation visit: State Parks Digest (July 24, 2020):