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Officer Lewis Pettit joins Cuba Police force after Alfred State College Police Academy

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Lewis Pettit at the ceremony with his brother, Reston. See a photo gallery at the end of the story.

By JOHN ANDERSON, photos by Lynn Brennan Photography

Cuba Police Chief Dustin Burch has announced Lewis Pettit will be serving the community as a new officers with the department.

Pettit is a graduate of the Alfred State College Police Academy and graduated with a degree in criminal justice.

Burch said this fills one of two vacancies in the department.

Pettit is a Bolivar native who graduated from Bolivar-Richburg in 2017 and also has a degree from Finger Lakes Community College. In addition to studying for a career in law enforcement, Pettit played baseball in college after a successful career at B-R as a three-sport athlete.

“I would like to thank Chief Burch, the members of the board, and the rest of those who have allowed me to be in the position I am in,” Pettit said. “I do not take the honor of serving and protecting the community and the Village and Town of Cuba lightly.”

Pettit said law enforcement has been a “career goal” and “I began the Police Academy just a week after graduation from Alfred State. In August, I was hired as a patrolman and have been nothing short of excited to begin my law enforcement career here in Cuba.”

Cuba Police Officer Walter Mackney, who has a decorated law enforcement career, was recognized at the ceremony for graduates at The Main Place in Hornell.

Burch said, “Officer Mackney was recognized at the graduation ceremony for his commitment and dedication to the academy and the recruits throughout each phase.”

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