Nearly 200 troopers graduated from the State Police Academy on Tuesday as part of the 200th graduating class. YNN's Innae Park reports.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- "I've always wanted to be in law enforcement," said Brian Salmon, now a New York State Trooper.
A long-time dream fulfilled for many of the 180 men and women who have now graduated as part of the 200th Basic School session for the New York State Police.
"I really respect the profession," said Trooper Danielle Janczaki.
"My father was a New York State Trooper for 31 years, so growing up in the household of a New York State Trooper, its part of your whole life," said Padraic O'Brien, who graduated Tuesday.
State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico described what being a trooper looked like.
"Serving people, helping people, protecting people. It's surely a noble career," he said.
Trooper Rachel Manning knows firsthand what that kind of service looks like. Just two years ago, she and her family lost their home to Tropical Storm Irene.
"We actually had a State Trooper help us during that time, he came to our home. And hopefully I can help somebody else in the future," said Manning.
Class representative Trooper Jesse Flanagan reminded his fellow recruits, "For six months we have trained our minds and bodies vigorously. But these tools are useless without strength of our hearts to guide them."
It's moments like these, in past and future, that will allow these next ranks of State Police to live out their mission.
"It's absolutely worth it," Salmon said.
"Troopers have always answered the call for New Yorkers," D'Amico added.
"It really is a calling," O'Brien shared.
Their first day of reporting to duty is December 16.