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Six new troopers joining Hattiesburg MHP district

Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Travis Luck (left) speaks with new troopers Jacob Welborn (center) and Allen Grace. Photo credit WDAM. Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Travis Luck (left) speaks with new troopers Jacob Welborn (center) and Allen Grace. Photo credit WDAM.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Six new troopers have joined the Mississippi Highway Patrol's Troop J in Hattiesburg.

They are among 57 recent graduates from Class 62 of the Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper School.

Allen Grace of Hattiesburg is one of the troopers. His designation is J-10. 

He moved to Hattiesburg after his family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

"When I came to Mississippi, the first law enforcement officer I ever laid eyes on was a state trooper and I was just excited by seeing the uniform and seeing how professional and clean-cut that trooper was," Grace said. 

Another new trooper is Jacob Welborn of Meridian. His designation is J-32.

"Several years ago, I knew I wanted to be in law enforcement," said Welborn. "Like many guys say, it's a calling to want to serve the people of the state." 

Other new troopers include Aaron Payne (J-28) and Dane Gibson (J-29).

Two other new troopers, Micquel Miller (J-24) and Terrence Lynch (J-23) are serving with the Mississippi National Guard and are currently training for overseas deployment at Ft. Bliss, Texas.  

They will join Troop J after they return home. 

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