SPARTA, NJ – Two Sparta Police officers were honored at the township council meeting on Tuesday. The celebrated the retirement of Cpl. Louis Takacs and the promotion of Sgt. Adam Carbery.
With an escort of the entire Sparta police officers in their dress uniforms, lead by a bagpiper, Takacs, came into the council chambers where it was standing room only. Both officers had their families in the room as well.
Deputy Mayor Molly Whilesmith introduced Chief Ernie Reigstad who then conducted the ceremonies. First Reigstad called the Takacs family to the front of the room. He spoke about Takacs’ 25 years in the department during which he has served the department as their “chief firearms instructor for most of his career.”
Takacs is a Sparta High School graduate having been a part of the football and wrestling teams. He graduated from the Morris County academy before joining the Sparta police force. Over the years Takacs has also given back to the community as a football and lacrosse coach.
“Lou is the last farmer in Sparta,” added Reigstad. Noting Takacs’ expertise in Winchester and Beretta firearms and hunting laws, “We’ll miss him,” said Reigstad.
Reigstad gave Takacs’ wife Natalie the retirement shield to pin on her husband. The officers saluted each other. Reigstad gave a bouquet of flowers to Natalie thanking her for “dealing with all of the shift work and the sacrifices” that go along with having a police officer in the family.
Whilesmith read a proclamation honoring Takacs for his service.
Takacs left the chamber after a final salute was exchanged.
Carbery and his family were next called to the front of the room by Reigstad. Reigstad said Carbery was also a graduate of Sparta High School. He later went into the army where “he saw action in Boznia,” before returning to go through the Morris County academy.
Carbery joined the Sparta police department 12 years ago, according to Reigstad, during which time he has also served as an arms trainer.
“His attention, devotion and sensitivity to the community is what we are looking for in an officer,” said Reigstad.
Reigstad also gave Carbery his new shield and the department gave a salute.
Carbery addressed those gathered in the chambers thanking everyone, “the department, the council and the community, for their support, especially during the past year.” Carbery’s wife has been diagnosed with brain cancer and has recently been undergoing treatments.
Whilesmith again read a proclamation about Carbery’s promotion. After salutes, handshakes and hugs the department was dismissed.
The council meeting took a brief recess as the officers and their families had a few minutes for photos and congratulations.
Takacs said he was going to “take some time off and farm.” He will also continue to coach football and lacrosse. “We’ll see in time what happens after that.”
For the immediate future the Carbery family will be “heading to the beach for a vacation.” When he returns, Carbery will “take over a squad,” and continue as an arms instructor.
Carbery said, “I just want to say thank you again to everyone for their support for my family. The town, the council, the department, everyone has been supportive,” during his wife’s illness. “We are grateful.”
Unable to be at the meeting because of a long planned family vacation, Mayor Christine Quinn send her sentiments in a statement.
“We see here tonight the closing of one chapter and the opening of another for both of these fine officers,” said Quinn. “Both of [whom] have achieved their respective milestones through years of selfless dedication and an unwavering commitment to protect and serve our community.”
She thanked both officers for their service as well as offering congratulations for “achieving these well-deserved milestones.” In addition, she thanked the “families of the officers celebrated tonight” with appreciation for “the sacrifices you have made.”