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Police academy graduation award honors instructor

Monday, December 12, 2016

On Thursday, Dec. 15, the Municipal Police Training Academy at Mercyhurst University will hold commencement ceremonies for 26 cadets who have completed the program. Judge John J. Trucilla will be the guest speaker and a special new award will be given in honor of Frank Baranyai, a long-time instructor who died in July after a battle with cancer.

A policeman's policeman and Vietnam veteran, Baranyai was a former chief of police in Cambridge Springs and Cochranton for decades. In addition to training cadets at Mercyhurst, he was well known throughout the state for his expertise in DUI and training of sheriffs. Baranyai's wife Judy and daughter Bridget Baranyai-Gill will be attending. The graduation begins at 11 a.m. in the Great Room, Tom Ridge Library, Mercyhurst North East. 

“If you look up policeman in the dictionary, you’d find Frank’s name,” said Walter W. Hale, director of the Municipal Police Training Academy. “He was so knowledgeable about what he was teaching…he could impart the nuances of the law and its enforcement to make you understand. As a result of his dedicated service, Frank Baranyai left a legacy of hundreds of men and women in police service honoring him by simply becoming better police officers.”