Friday was a day 22 weeks in the making. Colorado cadets became troopers with the State Patrol. With their right hands held in the air, and their voices in unison, they took the pledge, making it official. “The bonds are unbreakable that we formed here,” new Trooper Kerry Donahue said. “There’s nothing like it.” The moment weighed on some of the people at the graduation ceremony. Tears were shed, as everyone knew they’d gained 15 troopers, but lost three in the last few years. Taylor Thyfault was hit and killed by a driver during a high-speed chase in 2015. Jaimie Jursevics was hit and killed during a crash investigation in November of that year, and Cody Donahue was hit almost exactly a year later. “I feel strong about my choice to become a Colorado State Trooper, knowing the risks. That’s something you do a long time ago, when you sign up, and decide this is the path you’re going to go down,” Donahue said, adding that the loss reinforces her duty to serve. The ceremony was held in Golden. Troopers were sent to their new offices once it ended.