Group of law enforcement students standing between their instructors

Blue Ridge honors Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) graduates with pinning ceremony

Photo credit: Rich Keen
Cutline: The six graduates of Blue Ridge Community College’s BLET program pose proudly for a photo surrounded by their instructors. From left are: Philip Hosmer, Dean of Public Safety Training; Dr. Laura Leatherwood, Blue Ridge President; Joshua Nathaniel Flynn; Austin Jack Pittman; William Caleb Wycoff; Cory Nathaniel Watkins; Joseph Edward Zub; Savannah Elizabeth Blankenship; and Dave Hensley, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator.
Blue Ridge Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Academy hosted a pinning ceremony for its Fall 2021 graduates on Tuesday, Dec. 14 in the College’s Thomas Auditorium.

The list of graduates included:

Savannah Elizabeth Blankenship

Joshua Nathaniel Flynn

Austin Jack Pittman

Cory Nathaniel Watkins

William Caleb Wycoff

Joseph Edward Zub

The ceremony included a keynote by Charles Thomas Jordan, Chief of the Brevard Police Department, presentation of class awards, remarks by class representative Joshua Nathaniel Flynn, and an awarding of certificates.

Cory Watkins was the recipient of the Informal Leader Award as well as the Top Academic Award, both of which were presented by Dave Hensley, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator.

Philip Hosmer, Dean of Public Safety Training at Blue Ridge, stated he was immensely proud of this graduating class, and recognized them all as the 39th BLET Academy Class.

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