Surry man among Highway Patrol graduates

Staff Report

October 9, 2013

RALEIGH — A Surry County man is among 20 members of the latest N.C. Highway Patrol training program scheduled to graduate today.

Kyle M. Thomas and fellow class participants completed 29 weeks of extensive academic and physical training leading up to this morning’s ceremony at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, near Raleigh.

They formed the 132th Basic Patrol School graduating class.

Thomas will be assigned to the Highway Patrol’s duty station in Forsyth County.

The latest graduating class also includes three members from Robeson County, two from Cumberland County and one each from Orange, Sampson, Nash, Carteret, Buncombe, Beaufort, Graham, Union, Henderson, Johnston, Onslow, Haywood, Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties.

Thomas is joining a force of more than 1,600 state troopers who cover 78,000 miles of North Carolina roadways, which exceeds all other states except Texas.

In addition to enforcing the state’s traffic laws to protect the motoring public, troopers guide traffic during hurricane evacuations, re-route vehicles around hazardous chemical spills and stand ready to respond to any act of terrorism.

The N. C. Highway Patrol is accepting applications for its next school that is tentatively scheduled to begin in May 2014. The application cutoff date is Dec. 31.