Fulton County has a new addition to the certified deputies' roster.
Lance Gray was one of 48 officers who successfully completed Basic Police Training Course 2008-A at the Black River Technical College Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pocahontas April 11.
Gray went through the 13-week, 612-hour course, which began Jan. 14, including training such as standard police tactics, firearms, legal, educational, technical skills and practical exercises.
At the conclusion of the training April 11, Gray's final score was 96.5 out of 100.
According to Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger, Gray started as a trainee in May of 2007. "Lance, like the rest of us when we started, didn't know very much. But he rode with the other guys and really caught on quick. He went to the police academy and did really well with a 96.5 average and I think Lance is going to be a real asset to the sheriff's department. It's good to have him here," Dillinger said.
Out of the 13-weeks Gray spent training at the academy, he said his favorite part was learning emergency vehicle operation. "We learned how to drive the vehicles and how to respond to an emergency situation. How to pursue a vehicle or when not to pursue," Gray said.
Now a full-time Fulton County Sheriff's Deputy, Lance said he looks forward to getting drunk drivers off the road. "A drunk driver is a serial killer," Gray said.
He said he looks forward to serving the people of Fulton County and keeping Fulton County's roads safe.