BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Police recognized a number of officers who were promoted at a special ceremony Wednesday.
“This is a dangerous job, and you do it every day,” Bridgewater Township Mayor Dan Hayes said. “The profession starts with words and is backed up by actions.”
Hayes said the township is grateful that some officers have chosen to deliver even more to the township by accepting promotions.
“Each time you increase your responsibilities, it is different than before,” he said. “We are grateful some have chosen to deliver more to our township.”
“Thank you for saying yes to a promotion,” he added.
Bridgewater Township Police Chief Manny Caravela began the ceremony by recognizing Capt. Luke Daley, who recently retired from the department.
Taking his place is Lt. Timothy Hoey, who was promoted to captain.
Hoey graduated from the Somerset County Police Academy in 1994 and spent nine years in the patrol division. During that time, he became a member of the Somerset County Emergency Response Team as a hostage negotiator before being transferred to the detective bureau in December 2003.
In 2008, Hoey was re-assigned to the patrol division, and promoted that year to patrol sergeant. In September 2013, he was promoted to an administrative lieutenant position, overseeing the Criminal Investigation Bureau, the Traffic Safety Bureau and the Youth Services Bureau.
Hoey has been recognized twice by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and is a two-time recipient of the department’s Medal of Merit, Exceptional Service Award, the SCPO Honorable Service Award and the 200 Club’s Valor Award.
Sgt. Kevin Ricci was promoted to lieutenant at the ceremony.
Ricci was hired by Bridgewater in 1992, and was assigned to the operations division as a police officer, where he served until 2005 when he was assigned to the administration division as the department’s identification/evidence officer. In addition to being responsible for forensic processing of crime scenes, he worked with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office on major crime scenes.
Ricci was promoted to sergeant in 2009, and has supervised a number of patrol squads.
Ricci has many letters of commendation, two CPR Lifesaving Awards and two Exceptional Service Awards, including one from Christmas Day 1999 when he apprehended a murder suspect in a Christmas Day shooting.
Finally, Officer Jeff Savare was promoted to sergeant.
Savare was hired by the Bridgewater Township Police Department in 1998, and has been a member of the patrol division since his career began. In 2003, he was selected as a member of the Somerset County Emergency Response Team.
Savare has received several departmental awards, including Exceptional Service and the Medal of Merit award.
Also at the ceremony, Caravela honored Linda Haroll, secretary to the chief, and dispatcher Fran Collins, who are retiring from the department as of Oct. 1.