Corona was a member of the 123rd Training Troop, which graduated on Jan. 9. He'll be stationed at Troop G barracks in Bridgeport.
A 2009 graduate of Naugatuck High School, he played running back and linebacker for the Greyhounds, according to Max Preps. Corona went on to study criminal justice at the University of New Haven, and graduated from there in 2013.
The 123rd training troop entered the Connecticut State Police Academy on June 14, 2013, and spent approximately 1,400 hours in the classroom, a release from state police reports. They spent many more hours training in physical conditioning, water rescue, driving and other specialized areas of police work.
The release from state police goes on to note that the new troopers come from eight different states and have diverse backgrounds, training and experience. Among the 83 graduates:
- 20 have military experience
- 26 have prior law enforcement experience
- 43 have bachelor degrees
- 10 have graduate degrees
- 85% of the class left higher paying jobs to serve as Connecticut State Troopers
Members of the class previously served as accountants, counselors,
corrections officers, firefighters, lawyers, teachers and nurses, among other
professions, the release states. The youngest member of the class is 23 and the oldest is 47.