New troopers assigned to Upper Peninsula posts


IRON MOUNTAIN — Thirteen new Michigan State Police troopers will report for duty at Upper Peninsula posts after graduating with the 133rd Trooper Recruit School on Nov. 30.

The Iron Mountain post will gain one new trooper, Kaleb McMaster of Fortaleza, Brazil.

Colin Immel of Munising will go to the Gladstone post; Shane Hauff of Atlanta, Lucas Lahnala of Ahmeek and Meghan Westcott of Mohawk will go to the Negaunee post; Alexander Sackmann of Bessemer will go to the Wakefield post; Peter DeKryger IV of Fremont and Alan Narhi of Atlantic Mine will go to the Calumet post; Tyler Anderson of Perry, Samuel Eckola of Rudyard and Anthony Wolfe of Fort Gratiot will go to the St. Ignace post; and Justin Heidman of Gaylord and Abigail Ziesman of Clarksville will go to the Sault Ste. Marie post.

Also, Sonya Hiser of Iron Mountain has been assigned to the Tri-City post in Freeland.

They are among 127 recent graduates, increasing the statewide force to 1,244.

“These men and women have chosen a very rewarding career,” Governor Rick Snyder said in his keynote speaker address. “We wish our newest troopers safety each day. Thank you for dedicating your life to serving and protecting the residents of our great state.”

In order to be chosen to attend the academy, all applicants had to pass a stringent selection process that included a physical fitness test, background investigation, and hiring interview.

The 133rd Trooper Recruit School started June 4 with 160 prospective troopers at the MSP Training Academy in Lansing.

They received training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing, and precision driving.

They also participated in community outreach projects by volunteering at Mt. Hope Elementary School, delivering meals for Meals on Wheels, working in Ingham County soup kitchens, sorting clothes at the Upscale Resale Store in Lansing, and exercising with students at Maple Valley High School in Vermontville.

MSP personnel are actively recruiting for a new trooper recruit school anticipated to start in January. Interested candidates can go to for more information on how to apply.