Harvey wins SGTC Sangster Law Enforcement scholarship
(L to R) Brett Murray, John Harvey, Melissa Sangster, Connie Sangster
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -
John Roger Harvey of Unadilla was selected as the recipient of the Lt. Michael Sangster endowed scholarship from the South Georgia Technical College Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) Class of 14-01.
Harvey was recognized at the South Georgia Technical College Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony recently in front of members of the Sangster family and friends, fellow LEA graduates, college officials, and Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) Publicist Lou Crouch who helped endow the Lt. Michael Sangster Scholarship initially.
Harvey was selected for the scholarship based on academic performance, leadership qualities, and financial need. He was a member of the 14-01 South Georgia Technical College Law Enforcement Academy graduation class and earned his Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification.
"The value of education is something that was instilled in me at a very young age, but I believe that I was born with the love of law enforcement. I have always wanted to be a law enforcement officer and protect those who could not protect themselves," said Harvey. "I have loved every minute of this. The hands on training as well as the academics, but what I loved most about this experience was the comradely and discipline I developed not only with the students but also the instructors while I was in the program. I plan to continue my education and hopefully become a member of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations."
Lt. Michael Sangster was an officer with the Crisp County Sheriff's Office and served as a volunteer instructor for the South Georgia Technical College Law Enforcement Academy from the inception of the program. He lost his battle with cancer and passed away in 2013 at the age of 35.
With the help of LEA students, friends, SGTC faculty and staff, and Lou Couch, the Sangster family was able to endow a scholarship in his memory for SGTC LEA students.