OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego City Fire Department increased its ranks by two and announced two promotions on Dec. 3.
During the same ceremony, the Oswego City Police Department welcomed six new officers. Police Chief Tory DeCaire acted as the MC for the ceremony.
“I really appreciate of all (Mayor Tom Gillen’s) support and his service at these ceremonies the past four years. He has sworn in more than 15 professional law enforcement and new firefighters. We really appreciate that,” he said.
Fire Chief Jeff McCrobie recognized the honorees from both departments.
“It is a great day for you and your family and your friends,” he said. “And, thank you Mayor Gillen for your understanding and support during these most challenging years. Although many difficult decisions were made, I appreciate the support you had for our department and the many open and honest discussions that we had.”
Mayor Gillen welcomed everyone to the standing-room-only ceremony in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
“This is a real special event. I enjoy this. We are lucky here that we have the finest fire and police departments in the state, under the leadership of these gentlemen here. You should be very proud of them,” he said.
Within the ranks of the fire department:
Christopher Stupp was promoted to the rank of captain.
Douglas Crouse was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.
Sworn in as firefighters were Nicholas Cherchio, who was accompanied by his uncle – retired Oswego firefighter Gary Richardson; and Kelley Davis, who was accompanied by her husband, Kevin (who was sworn in this part March).
Then, the police department welcomed a half dozen new officers.
Sworn in as police officers were:
Ryan McIntyre, Scott Verburg, Daniel Balloni, Morgan Backus, Matthew Moshier-Feeney, and Chelsea Giovo.