Former Marine the oldest recruit in Md. graduating class


By Teresa Lewi
The Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE, Md. — Demetrius Fortson considered becoming a police officer after he graduated from high school. Instead, he joined the Marine Corps and then worked for years as a corrections officer. Now, at age 40, Fortson is set to join the Howard County Police Department after graduating from the police academy as the oldest recruit in his class.

Fortson, a member of the 30th class to graduate from the academy, said the training was physically and psychologically demanding but that being around the other recruits, many of whom were much younger, was "motivating, and it kept [me] young in spirit."

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