PATERSON, NJ - The respect of those they work with, willingness to “go through walls", the ability to always get the job done, and dedicated. These are just a few of the ways Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim “Mike” Baycora described the members of the Paterson Police Department that were promoted in a city hall ceremony Monday.
With their family and friends proudly looking on the seven, led by Captain Shawn McIvor, each raised their right hands and repeated an oath they took at the beginning of their now distinguished careers to protect and serve the residents of Paterson.
“Years of hard work and dedication, devotion, and commitment” got them to that point, Baycora said, adding that they are all “well deserving” having set themselves as examples of “compassion, respect, and integrity” for others to follow.”
On hand were five members of the Paterson City Council. A sometimes fractured body, each shared their desire to support the men and women of the Paterson Police Department, with Council President Flavio Rivera leading the way saying their goals to make Paterson better for residents were aligned.
Just prior to delivering the oaths Mayor Andre Sayegh also commended the men being promoted, praising them for serving during “the most challenging time of all of our lives."
While a virus, gun violence, and racism have “upended our world,” Sayegh said a lesson has been taught that “leadership matters.” It is that leadership he knows they will continue to display because “it is an honor to wear the uniform” but what they do in it is what makes them “honorable.”
Promoted Monday were: Captain Shawn McIvor, Lieutenants Jason Bernasconi and Rafael Hernandez, and Sergeants Ryan Duffy, Kelvin Matos, Anthony Petrazzuolo, Kevin Kunzig, and Angel Gonzalez.
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