EAST ORANGE, N.J. – The Theater at Cicely Tyson became a sea of blue as dozens of uniformed officers from the police and fire department converged upon a packed auditorium of family, friends and well wishers to celebrate the 2015 Police and Fire Promotion &Awards Ceremony. 

While the ceremony displayed unrivaled pageantry, class and decorum; awarding medals, citations, announcing new hires and promotions, one of the highlights was undoubtedly the promotion of fire fighter Tasha Hayes-Smith to the rank of Captain. 

Captain Hayes-Smith is an East Orange native and the first female to be promoted to captain in the department’s 100 plus years of service. Captain Hayes-Smith is one of only three women to ever serve for the Fire Department. 

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Mayor Lester E. Taylor III, members of the East Orange City Council, East Orange Police Chief William C. Robinson and East Orange Fire Chief Charles F. Salley were in attendance to honor the brave men and women of the East Orange Police and Fire Departments during the 2015 East Orange Police and Fire Promotion and Awards Ceremony.

(For complete list of recipients see pictures attached)

East Orange Police Department

Promotions - Deputy Chief William Phillips, Jr., Inspector Tony Cook, Captain Phyllis Bindi, Captain Michael Allman, Captain Zachary Muse, Lieutenant Christopher Dehagara, Lieutenant Jimmie Sheard, Lieutenant Richard Acosta, Lieutenant Kasim Gilyard, Lieutenant Calvin Anderson, Lieutenant Michele Purvis, Lieutenant Tonya McDonald, Lieutenant Hosia Reynolds, Lieutenant Raymond Garcia, Lieutenant Maurice Boyd, Lieutenant Kevin Coleman, Sergeant Ibn Barnes-Howard, Sergeant James Summers, Sergeant Arcadio Valentin, Sergeant Ronson Johnson, Sergeant Mark Rodgers, Sergeant Robert Harris, Sergeant Tahmesha Nunn, Sergeant Joseph Williams, Sergeant Lashelle Caldwell, Sergeant Antony Ricks, Sergeant Raymond Donnerstag, Sergeant Marilyn Berrouet, Sergeant Yasmine Johnson.

East Orange Fire Department 

Promotions - Deputy Chief Timothy D. Fletcher, Captain Kiron G. Walton, Captain Walter R. Cosby, Captain Darnell Gray, Captain Andre M. Williams, Captain Nicholas J. Lawlor, Captain Joseph Cosby, Jr., Captain Steve Romero, Captain Tasha L. Hayes-Smith, Fire Official Jeffrey D. Hester.