Three get their sergeants badges in Stamford
STAMFORD-In a ceremony that nearly filled the Government Center lobby Monday morning, officers Brendan Phillips, Sean Boeger and Brian Butler were promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Before the three had their brass collar stripes and sergeants badges pinned onto their shirts, Chief Jon Fontneau told them what he expected of them.
He said their jobs will be to exceed the highest standards of the police department and to remain humble, compassionate, honest and loyal.
“Be acceptable and continue to treat people as you would like to be treated,” Fontneau said. “There is an old Indian proverb, to give dignity to a man is above all things. It’s a real simple philosophy. Your actions will always speak louder than your words.”
Public Safety Director Ted Jankowski told the three to provide for the well-being and safety of the officers under their command.
Then Jankowski, a retired New York Fire Department deputy chief, pointed out retired FDNY Deputy Chief Kevin Butler, and personally thanked him for providing positive encouragement during his career in New York City. Kevin Butler, who is Brian Butler’s uncle, was sitting in a large section of seats occupied by Butler family members.
“How you lead, and how your carry yourself in your new position will impact those under your command for a lifetime,” Jankowski told the three.
Before having each of the newly minted sergeants introduce the family and friends who came to see their promotions, Mayor David Martin thanked the families of Phillips, Boeger and Butler for the sacrifices they make while allowing the trio to do their jobs to their best ability.
“Good luck to you in your new role as sergeant and to make the department finer still. We know we have made a good decision and congratulations for what you have done,” Martin said.
Phillips, 32, a 10-year veteran, said he was happy to get his stripes.
“It’s very exciting. It’s a new beginning that you work toward and a good challenge. I look forward to learning the new position. The whole job is always challenging,” said Phillips, who was a patrol officer after spending over five years in the Narcotics and Organized Crime squad.
Boeger, 41, who is the department’s past union president, said he was also looking forward to his new job.
For the past six years, Boeger is worked as an investigator in one of the department’s three major crimes squads and in June will celebrate his 20th year on the job.
“I’m hoping to help other officers and new officers, to take them under my wing and give them the sort of help I’ve had over the years,” said Boeger, whose 93-year-old grandfather, Ralph Giordano, was supposed to pin his badge on, but couldn’t make the ceremony because he wasn’t feeling well.
“I think it’s fantastic. I’m very proud of him and he is always doing things to make me proud,” said Boeger’s mother Nancy Giordano.
Boeger’s immediate superior, Sgt. Chris DiCarlo, who was also playing a bagpipe and wearing a kilt during the ceremony, said it will be difficult to find someone to fill Boeger’s shoes in the detective bureau.
“He has been an excellent investigator, probably my best investigator that I have had in the past five years,” DiCarlo said.
Lt. Tom Barcello said, “Sean has been a tremendous asset to us. He is a go-to guy if you need something done. Many times even before we ask him to do it, it’s already done.”
Butler, 42, who had his brother Sean and Uncle Patrick -both members of the Jersey City, New Jersey, Police Department, in attendance, celebrated his 20th year with the department last December.
Butler, who over the past four years was an investigator in the Youth Bureau, said he could not wait to get started.
“I’m excited for the new challenge and I’m looking forward to my new role in the police department,” said Butler, whose great-grandfather was a police officer.
Sean Butler said it was his older brother who guided him toward a life in blue. “It’s amazing. It is a great accomplishment. I’m very proud of him,” said Sean Butler.
His uncle Patrick agreed. “It’s a great day. It is noble work and its not easy to get promoted to sergeant. I’m very proud,” he said.