YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Yorktown’s Avery Katz has spent his career serving others; first volunteering with the Yorktown Heights Fire Department, then in the Marine Corps and now he will be a New York State Police trooper.

Katz was presented with a proclamation by state Sen. Terrence Murphy for being named class representative of the 204th session of the New York State Police Basic School during a ceremony at Yorktown Town Hall last week. The event was attended Supervisor Michael Grace, Councilman Ed Lachterman, Town Attorney Michael J. McDermott and Katz’s field training officer, Trooper Gregory Maxwell.

Prior to joining the state police, Katz graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is currently an executive officer in the Marine Corps Reserves and volunteers with the Yorktown Heights Fire Department. Katz grew up in Cortlandt Manor and graduated from Lakeland High School.

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“We’re very proud of those who serve our country, especially our homegrown warriors,” Grace said.

Murphy said Katz was selected for his leadership qualities and his support of his fellow recruits who benefitted from his military experience and understanding of training practices.

Katz likened the experience to training for the Marine Corps and said it was an honor to be recognized but stressed that he hasn’t pursued helping others for the recognition.

“I think it’s very nice,” he said of the honor. “In the grand scheme of things, I don’t think I did anything outside of what I consider normal. All of my other classmates were just as good, if not better than me, in my opinion.”

When the 34-year-old father of two toddlers isn’t working, he’s spending time with his family. He has been assigned to Troop F, which covers Greene, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster counties.

“We should all be proud of Avery’s accomplishments,” Murphy said. “He served with distinction in Iraq and at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He protected his community as a volunteer fireman, and mentored his fellow students by helping them get through the rigorous state trooper training program, all while raising a family. He is an incredible young man.”