New Missouri police academy grad follows in late dad’s steps

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FENTON, Mo. — A new Missouri police academy graduate is following the career path of his late father, who was killed nearly a quarter century ago during a training operation.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 26-year-old Joseph Strehl graduated recently from the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy.

That moment came nearly 37 years to the day that his father, Stephen Strehl, walked across a stage during a police academy graduation ceremony and became a police officer.

The elder Strehl was 35 when he was killed in November 1993 during a helicopter crash during training with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Stephen Strehl was a St. Louis police officer detached to the federal agency.