CLARK, NJ – Police Officers Bruce McDonald and Michael Ciaccio were promoted to detective during Tuesday evening’s Clark Council Meeting.  Both detectives were surrounding by family during the ceremony with Police Chief Pedro Matos  and Mayor Sal Bonaccorso.

Bonaccorso welcomed Middlesex County Assignment Judge Alberto Rivas and Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office William Hernandez, both in attendance for the promotion ceremony.

“Tonight, we will not just be formally promoting two fine offices from our department, but also recognizing their accomplishments,” said Matos.  “In the short time they have been with this police department, they have certainly distinguished themselves as hard workers dedicated to their profession.”

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According to Matos, Detective Bruce McDonald served eight years with the United States Air Force as a Crash and Fire Airmen after graduating from Woodbridge High School.  

He was then in the United States Navy Reserves for six years and served in five overseas tours during his combined service.  A former officer of the Union County Sheriff’s office, McDonald has been with the Clark Police Department since 2014.

“During this time, McDonald is credited with over 200 proactive street arrests.  In 2016, he was awarded and recognized with the department’s distinguished service award for jumping into the Rahway River to rescue a drunken driver who had fled into the river following a car accident,” said Matos.

Matos said Detective Michael Ciaccio served four years in the United States Marine Corp as an engineer electrician during which he had two tours in Iraq.  Matos said that Ciaccio received a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in public management.  Ciaccio worked with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office for two years until coming to Clark in 2015.

“He has been recognized with a distinguished service award in 2015 for pursuing and apprehending a wanted fugitive, twice in 2015 with a department platoon award for working with his fellow officers in arresting burglary suspects and recovering stolen property, and in 2016 with a written commendation for his quick response in administering first aid and saving the life of a 27-year-old female victim of an opiate overdose,” said Matos.

“I want to wish Bruce and Michael all the best and lots of success,” said Matos.  “I know the next couple of months are going to be stressful for you as you begin to transition from a patrol officer to an investigator.  But I have faith and I know that you will succeed.  There is no doubt in my mind.”  

Matos also thanked the council, business administrator, clerk, and the mayor saying, “I’ve gotten nothing but the absolute support of this organization and that it is nice to see that we can work together and accomplish a lot.”

“We are proud to do that when we have a proactive, hardworking department… It is our job to support you guys with the best we can,” Bonaccorso responded.  “You guys are keeping us safe.  I appreciate that.”

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