The New Canaan Police Department has promoted Sgt. Jason Ferraro to lieutenant and Officer Kevin Casey to sergeant, Chief of Police Leon Krolikowski said Friday.
The announcement comes just a few days after the Police Commission interviewed candidates for both positions on Feb. 3 and 4. Krolikowski said there were three candidates for lieutenant and five for sergeant.
Krolikowski also said both Ferraro and Casey are "exceptional."
"They've done great work," he said. "I'm confident that they're going to continue to move our department forward."
Ferraro, 41, who's been with the department for 15 years, has taken the roles of patrol officer, field training officer, bicycle patrol officer, dispatcher and patrol sergeant. Prior to serving New Canaan, he was a special education teacher. Ferraro has a bachelor's degree in human relations and a master's degree in elementary education and special education, Krolikowski said.
During Casey's 20 years with the department, he has served as patrol officer, dispatcher, acting sergeant, department photographer and crime scene video technician. In 2006, he received the American Red Cross Hero award for saving the life of his father-in-law, New Canaan resident John Sandstrom, according to a press release sent by Krolikowski.
During Ferraro's career, he has received 30 letters of appreciation or commendations for exceptional performance of his duties. The new lieutenant has been a member of the department's Special Response Team since 2000 and was appointed its team leader in 2007, according to the announcement.
Ferraro and his wife, Darleen, live in New Canaan and have four children, Krolikowski said.
Casey, 46, a former New York City corrections officer, lives in Ridgefield with his wife, Rosemary, and their four children. They're expecting their fifth child this summer, according to the announcement. The new sergeant is also a co-chairman of the Fairfield county hazmat communications response team, which responds to major incidents throughout the county and provides communication solutions for other responding agencies, Krolikowski said.
Besides the Red Cross awards, Casey has received nine department medals for exceptional performance of his duties, including the department's Exceptional Duty Medal, the Mothers against Drunk Driving Award, the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps lifesaving award and five medical service awards.
These are the fifth and sixth promotions in less than a year, according to Krolikowski. Usually, it takes years for the department to promote an officer, but because the New Canaan police have seen several retirements recently, the promotions were needed, he said.
A ceremony to introduce the two in their new positions will take place some time in March, Krolikowski said.
Both promotions are effective Feb. 8.
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