City Council Chambers was packed Tuesday as friends and family and city officials turned out to celebrate the promotion of police officers and the swearing in of five new probationary officers.
In remarks Acting Mayor Joseph Solomon lauded the professionalism of the department and the service it provides to the citizens of the city. Solomon administered the oaths of office and along with Col Stephen McCartney personally congratulated each of the officers.
The audience gave a standing ovation to Officer Tomas Bogusz who was awarded the lifesaving award. Bogusz will receive a pin to display on his uniform.
On April 30, 2017 Bogusz was attending Mass at St. Adalbert’s Church in Providence when a member of the congregation suddenly lost consciousness and fell to the floor. The victim’s sister yelled, “He’s not breathing! He’s not breathing!” according to the citation.
Bogusz immediately activated the 911 system and started CPR on the victim until relieved by the Providence Police Department responders. When they arrived the victim had regained consciousness. “The attending physicians confirmed the victim had gone into cardiac arrest that the actions of Officer Bogusz saved the victim’s life,” reads the citation.
During the ceremony, Officers Tyler M. Stone, Brian J. Holleran, Christopher J. Gillis and William R. Holz were promoted to Third Class Officers.
Ryan E. Shibley, Ben. L. Bratko, Sara L. Goes, Kyle J. Fitzsimmons and Michael Bailey were sworn in as Probationary Officers.
Acknowledgements were also be made to Sergeant Joseph E. Mee, Detective Matthew T. Smith, Detective Matthew J. Higgins, Detective Kevin McGuire, Jr. Detective Manuel M. Pacheco and Detective Darren C. Parrillo all of whom were previously elevated.
The Warwick Police Honor Guard posted the colors, and retired Captain William Tyler of the Warwick Fire Department sand the National Anthem. Father Robert Marciano, Chaplain of the Warwick Police Department, will offer both the invocation and benediction.