Ten graduate from Southwestern’s BLET program; all pass state exam

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Growing up in the Statesville area, Zachary Holmes was always impressed by how his grandfather – Phil Carlton – conducted himself as an officer of the law for the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.

“The way he carried himself, and the way he talked to others – he was always humble and considerate,” Holmes recalled of his grandfather, who retired as a sergeant after 30 years with the DMV before it merged with the highway patrol in the early 2000s. “He always tried to do better for others than he did for himself.”

That’s the primary reason Holmes decided to go into law enforcement himself; he recently completed his Basic Law Enforcement Training through Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center and was one of 10 graduates honored at a ceremony on Sept. 25 in Franklin.