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January 10, 2014

Public safety celebrates hires, promotions

DANVERS — The town celebrated the recent appointments and promotions of 11 police officers and four firefighters with a large swearing-in ceremony at Danvers High School last night, an event that drew more than 100 family members and well-wishers.

The ceremony swore in five rookies to the Police Department and two to the Fire Department. Two promotions were made in the upper ranks of the Fire Department, and six police officers climbed the ranks, with the elevation of three new sergeants and three new lieutenants.

Those on hand last night included Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt, the nephew of recently promoted Lt. Robert Bettencourt.

Town Manager Wayne Marquis spoke of the sacrifices families made to allow these appointments and hires to happen.

“They would tell you they couldn’t have done it alone,” Marquis said. “They needed your support, and I’m sure they have thanked you, and I want to thank your for that support, because it’s quite a commitment,” Marquis said.

“How about a round of applause for you,” Marquis said, and the audience obliged.

Police Chief Neil Ouellette said five patrol officers were appointed last night, and the department is in the process of filling five more positions.

The five new patrol officers sworn in by Town Clerk Joseph Collins were: Stephanie Wennerberg, Michael Balsley, Christopher Gaffney, Michael Molk and Justin Jones.

Those promoted to lieutenant in the police department were James “Jamie” Lovell, Bettencourt and William Carleton. Philip Tansey was promoted to detective sergeant from patrol officer, and Olivia Silva and Peter Shabowich were both promoted to sergeant from patrol officer.

The Fire Department saw two firefighters sworn in, Stephen Deroche and John Mendalka, and two promotions, Lt. Brian Barry, who was promoted from firefighter, and Capt. Kenneth Reardon, who was promoted from lieutenant. Barry serves as president of the firefighter’s union and is a leader in the department, fire Chief Kevin Farrell said. Reardon serves as a member of Essex County Technical Rescue Team, and he helped with a recent trench rescue at an Ipswich construction site in November, Farrell said.

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