OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Fire Department gained five new firefighters and a lieutenant Monday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Oswego Police Department saw four of its members promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Oswego Police Chief Tory DeCaire acted as master of ceremonies for the program.
He thanked the large crowd of family and friends that packed the Council Chamber at City Hall to witness the ceremony.
The police chief also recognized Mayor Randy Bateman for his years of service to the community. The ceremony is likely to be Mayor Bateman’s last. Tom Gillen, who was also in attendance at the ceremony, will take the oath of office as the Port City’s new mayor in January.
“The promotion part is getting harder and harder every year because there are a lot of good candidates. The hiring part is also getting harder because we have so many good candidates,” Bateman said.
The mayor took a moment to update everyone regarding the Mayor’s Cup trophy awarded to the winner of the softball – volleyball games between certain city departments.
The fire department has been taking it for years, he said.
Just recently, he pointed out, the police department won for volleyball.
“So, without further adieu, I am going to let our fire department present our police department with their trophy that they can put in the police department now,” he said.
Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie hand over the trophy to DeCaire as the audience applauded.
“There was no presentation ceremony when we won,” McCrobie quipped as he welcomed the firefighters to the department.
Some of the firefighters just completed their training and McCrobie had then stand and be recognized. He also recognized Deputy Chief Pete Donovan on his upcoming retirement.
“He has been an extremely dedicated employee, officer and friend,” the fire chief said. “He will be greatly missed.”
McCrobie then presented the outgoing mayor with a special OFD shirt as a thank you for his assistance.
“I hope you wear it and wear it proudly,” McCrobie said.
The firefighters were the first to be sworn in.
Sworn in as fire lieutenant was Steve Strzelinski.
New firefighters include Carl Emmons, Clark Stacks, Paul Natoli, Donald LaBarge and Jonathan Muhlebeck.
Police officers rising to the rank of sergeant were Katie Moran, Chance Fieldson, James Cunningham and Jeremy Plyler.
The additional manpower will help to relieve overtime problems in both departments, the chiefs said.
DeCaire said he hopes to add a few new officers to fill the positions left by the newly minted sergeants, who were promoted to fill vacancies left by other recent promotions.