Sheriff Koutoujian hosts youth academy graduation

Published: Wednesday August 24, 2011

Laura & Henry Avanesyan, and Alex, Michael & David Asakelian from Lowell with Sheriff Koutoujian.

Lowell, Mass. - The Middlesex Sheriff's Office proudly recognized the Chelmsford, Lowell, Tewksbury and Wilmington graduates of the 2011 Middlesex Sheriff's Office Youth Public Safety Academy. The graduation was held on August 19 at the Middlesex Training Academy at 793 Boston Road in Billerica, Mass.

Sheriff Peter Koutoujian hosted a ceremony honoring more than 230 children from these communities. This is the highest number of cadets the Youth Academy, an annual summer event, has had during one week in its 12 year history. The cadets, ages 9 - 11, were given diplomas in recognition of their hard work and dedication to public safety.

The Academy exposes children to role models in Public Safety - namely their local Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Sheriff's personnel. Cadets learn basic first aid skills, fire safety, tour their local police and fire stations, participate in numerous demonstrations and are taught the importance of self-esteem and teamwork.

Every week the program is tailored to the specific Middlesex community that is participating. Parents, cadets and invited guests enjoyed a family cookout after the graduation proceedings.

Local elected and public safety officials at the event were: from Chelmsford - Selectmen Pat Wojtas and Matt Hanson, Fire Chief Michael Curran; from Lowell - City Councilor Rita Mercier, Mary Jo Santoro, Superintendent of Lowell Regional Vocational School, Police Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan, Firefighter Russ Fisette and Officer Brian Callahan; from Tewksbury - Police Chief Tim Sheehan, Fire Chief Michael Hazel, Margaret Wilson from Representative Jim Micelli's office, Officer Jenny Welch and Officer Jessica Mulvie; from Wilmington - Selectman Michael Champoux, Officer Julie Pozzi and Officer Brian Herman.

For more information please contact Public Information Officer Michael Hartigan: 781-960-2800

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