Bedford Students – 50 Strong – Complete Middlesex Sheriff’s 2018 Youth Public Safety Academy

Upon arriving in Bedford on Friday morning, more than 50 Cadets gathered on the playground – Courtesy image (c) 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

 

Submitted by the Office of Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian

Fifty young people from Bedford were among the 164 Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) cadets from Bedford, Cambridge, Everett, and Medford recognized by Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian during a graduation ceremony Friday, August 17 at Chelmsford High School.

 

Bedford YPSA graduates pose with Marilyn Petito Devaney (2nd left), Lt. Scott Jones of the Bedford Police Department, State Representative Ken Gordon, Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Middlesex District Attorney Maura Healy and others – Courtesy image (c) 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image
Another group of Bedford YPSA graduates poses with (back row) Lt. Scott Jones of the Bedford Police Department (rear, 2nd left), State Representative Ken Gordon, Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Middlesex District Attorney Maura Healy, Marilyn Petito Devaney (2nd right), and others – Courtesy image (c) 2018 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

“The summer youth academy is something our community members look forward to every year, and we are very appreciative of this partnership between the Bedford Police Department and Sheriff Koutoujian’s office,” Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno said. “I would like to thank Sgt. Jeff Wardwell, School Resource Officer Steve Waite, Officer Kristen Dineen and Lead Emergency Communications Officer Jeff Vinciulla for participating and contributing to the success of this year’s program.”

A Gallery of Graduation Speakers

Bedford firefighters demonstrated the Jaws of Life to ____ – Courtesy image (c) 2018 Bedford Fire Department, all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

“Every year the Bedford Fire Department enjoys participating in the summer youth academy through the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office,” Bedford Fire Chief David Grunes said. “This year, Firefighters Christian Dispena and Brian Fedele, working with members of the Bedford Police Department, led several public safety demonstrations, including the use of the Jaws of Life, which campers always enjoy.”

About YPSA

During the course of the week, the cadets participated in team building exercises, learned fire and personal safety skills and enjoyed educational games.  They also spent time with members of the MSO staff and their local police and fire departments.

A Gallery of Graduation Speakers

“Year after year, YPSA is one of the most well-received community outreach programs we run,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.  “It’s a great opportunity to build relationships between youngsters, the MSO and our public safety colleagues in fun-filled, educational settings.”

The ceremony marked the completion of the first week of the six-week summer program.  YPSA is now in its 19th year and is open to youngsters ages 8-12 living in Middlesex County.  Hundreds of cadets from more than three dozen communities are scheduled to participate this summer.

To learn more about YPSA and other community-based programs offered by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, visit middlesexsheriff.org/community.


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