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Family, friends and the town council gathered in the Narragansett High School auditorium to celebrate the outstanding efforts of Narragansett police officers during the police departmentâ€™s awards and promotion ceremony Wednesday.
Chief Dean Hoxsie introduced each officer as he or she approached the stage and was sworn in by Town Council President James Callaghan.
Chief Hoxsie also thanked the families for showing their support to the NPD on a daily basis.
â€śThank you for your attendance and participation, last and most importantly thank you to the families that support our members daily. This is not always an easy profession, and we rely on your supportâ€ť said Hoxsie. â€śAnd I would really like to thank all of you for coming.â€ť
The officers that were sworn in during the ceremony included Capt. Scott Perrin, Detective Lt. Timothy Lackie, Lt. Kyle Rekas, Lt. Anthony Pelopida, Detective Sgt. Scott Vellone, Sgt. Sean Klaboe, Sgt. Ryan Prest, Sgt. Daniel Sorice, Detective Kyle Edwards, and Detective Kevin Bousquet.
The United States Coast Guard was also present during the ceremony. The U.S. Coast Guard Capt. John Kondratowicz awarded Patrolman Patrick Oâ€™Brien with the Meritorious Public Service Award and awarded Seargent Eric Ryan and Patrolman Ryan McGovern with the Coast Guard Public Service Commendation.
Patrolman Patrick Oâ€™Brien, Sgt. Eric Ryan and Patrolman Ryan McGovern were awarded for their great efforts to respond to a resident in need at Narrow River on September 27, 2011.
â€śIn the late hours of Sept. 27, 2011 Sgt. Eric Ryan responded to a call and cry for help in the narrow river. He entered the frigid north Atlantic waters and his efforts are highly commended and we present him with the public service commendation award,â€ť said Kondratowicz. â€śPatrolman Ryan McGovern also responded to a call in the late evening of Sept. 27, 2011 at Narrow River, he was informed of a resident being swept by the sea, he immediately began searching on the beach and by the water, without hesitation he put on his lifejacket and entered the water.â€ť
Kondratowicz said that the effort from these officers is greatly commended by the U.S. Coast Guard and they are proud to acknowledge their public service.
Other officers that also received Commendation Awards include Patrolman Ryan McGovern, Sgt. Eric Ryan, Patrolman James Fitzgerald, Sgt. Brian Routhier, and Patrolman Paul Boisclair.