Two from Webb City, Mo. graduate Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy, becoming Troopers

The 113th class of the patrol include Christian Drum and Peyton Mason. Both of their fathers are current Troopers.
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113th class of Missouri State Highway Patrol.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The 113th class of the Missouri State Highway Patrol will graduate Friday morning at 9 a.m. Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces that 25 troopers will graduate from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on Friday, June 24, 2022. The ceremony will take place in the Academy gymnasium, 1510 E. Elm Street, Jefferson City, Mo.

The graduation ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and be live-streamed via the Patrol’s Facebook page. The 113th Recruit Class reported to the Academy on January 18, 2022, to begin the 25-week training to become a trooper. The new troopers will report to duty in their assigned troops on Monday, July 11, 2022.”  – MSHP MEDIA RELEASE

There are two Joplin-area graduates included in the class:

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Trooper Peyton L. Mason was previously employed as a detention officer with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, in Carthage, Missouri. Trooper Mason will be assigned to Zone 8, Laclede County. Trooper Mason is a 2019 graduate of Webb City High School, in Webb City, Missouri. Trooper Mason continued his education at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri, where he studied business administration. His father is Cpl John Mason, DDCC investigator (Division of Drugs and Crime Control).

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Trooper Christian J. Drum, a native of Joplin, Missouri, has been assigned to Zone 11, which serves the citizens of Cass County. Trooper Drum graduated from Webb City High School in Webb City, Missouri. His father is Trooper Joe Drum of Troop D assigned to Jasper County.

  • Trooper Peyton L. Mason was previously employed as a detention officer with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department, in Carthage, Missouri. Trooper Mason will be assigned to Zone 8, Laclede County. Trooper Mason is a 2019 graduate of Webb City High School, in Webb City, Missouri. Trooper Mason continued his education at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri, where he studied business administration. His father is Cpl John Mason, DDCC investigator (Division of Drugs and Crime Control).
  • Trooper Christian J. Drum, a native of Joplin, Missouri, has been assigned to Zone 11, which serves the citizens of Cass County. Trooper Drum graduated from Webb City High School in Webb City, Missouri. His father is Trooper Joe Drum of Troop D assigned to Jasper County.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe will provide the keynote address, and Colonel Olson will also address the class. The Honorable Patricia Breckenridge, Supreme Court of Missouri, will administer the Oath of Office to the new troopers.

Four class awards will be presented. The recruits accumulate points toward graduation in the categories of physical fitness, firearms, and academics throughout their 25 weeks at the Academy. The person with the highest number of points in each category earns the respective award. Award categories include physical fitness, firearms, academics, and the Superintendent’s Award, which is presented to the person with the most points overall.

The names (hometowns) and first assignments of members of the 113th Recruit Class:

Troop A
Tyler R. Peoples (Lawson, MO), Zone 5, Ray and Carroll Counties
Christian J. Drum (Webb City, MO), Zone 11, Cass County
Braeden A. Perry (Kansas City, MO), Zone 2, Platte County
John M Haines (Deepwater, MO), Zone 8, Lafayette County
Madeleine C. Mennemeyer (Troy, MO), Zone 12, Johnson County

Troop B
Travis M. Wood (Macon, MO), Zone 5, Adair and Schuyler Counties
Santi J. Wilgus (Kansas City, MO), Zone 6, Clark and Scotland Counties

Troop C

Adam P. Billiot (Washington, MO), Zone 4, St. Louis County
Nicholas J. Bringer (Monticello, MO), Zone 13, Jefferson County
Jack J. Collins (Bolivar, MO), Zone 13, Jefferson County
Trey A. Gaedke (Newburg, MO), Zone 3, South St. Louis and Jefferson Counties
Mayer E. Mitchell (Ballwin, MO), Zone 16, Ste. Genevieve and Perry Counties
Eric R. Sikes (Sacramento, CA), Zone 2, North St. Louis County
Richard J. Waite (Troy, MO), Zone 5, Pike and Lincoln Counties
Clayton J. Walker (Marble Hill, MO), Zone 14, St. Francois and Washington Counties

Troop E
Denny J. Smith (Poplar Bluff, MO), Zone 2, Butler and Ripley Counties
Gregory A. Bixler (New Madrid, MO), Zone 8, Pemiscot and New Madrid Counties
Taylor J. Wiebe (Wichita, KS), Zone 8, Pemiscot and New Madrid Counties
Jaxon B. Edwards (Harrison, AR), Zone 10, Dunklin County

Troop F
Shayla C. Latture (Branson, MO), Zone 16, Camden and Miller Counties
Bailey N. Hunsicker (Nixa, MO), Zone 16, Camden and Miller Counties

Troop G
Noah G. Britt (Gainsville, MO), Zone 8, Carter and Reynolds Counties

Troop H
Saxton W. Pliley (Jamesport, MO), Zone 10, Daviess and Dekalb Counties
Jackson D. Schmedding (Clinton, MO), Zone 1, Atchison and Holt Counties

Troop I
Peyton L. Mason (Webb City, MO), Zone 8, Laclede County

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