CRANFORD - At last Friday's Cranford Police Department Youth Academy Graduation Ceremony, Cadet Ryan Kilbashian was awarded the Ray Schwartz Memorial Award. 

This year’s session of the academy was dedicated to Honorary Police Officer Raymond Schwartz who passed away earlier this year after a courageous fight against cancer. Schwartz was a previous Youth Academy cadet and junior instructor. In his honor, the Ray Schwartz Memorial Award was created and awarded to a cadet for displaying exceptional integrity & dedication to the Cranford Police Department and Police Youth Academy. 

Retired Secret Service Agent Tom Sloan donated a signed copy of his book “Guardians of Democracy” to each cadet. The book chronicles the 150-year history of the US Secret Service. In addition, he had every cadet sign a copy of the book in Ray’s memory and the book was presented to the Schwartz family at graduation.