Police officers Anthony DaCunza and Edward Noonan were promoted to the ranks of Corporal and Lieutenant, respectively, at Tuesday evening's Chester Township Council meeting.
"A lot goes into the decision to promote somebody," Chief Wayne Martini said. "In particular, these officers have shown that they excel in many different areas. They are both in supervisory roles; Ed Noonan will be serving as a lieutenant, he will be overseeing the internal affairs unit as well as the detective buereau, and Anthony DaCunza will be serving and continue to serve in the detective bureau and the corporal overseeing the road when necessary and filling in."
Noonan is in his 13th year at the Chester Township Police department and his 19th overall as an officer, while this April will mark DaCunza's fourth year on Chester Township's force.
"It feels great," Noonan said. "I'm looking forward to it, and I just can't wait to work side by side with the chief and make the department even better."
The officers were sworn in at the beginning of the meeting by Municipal Clerk/Administrator Carol Isemann before each gave a speech in front of a packed room.
"I just want to thank everybody for coming. Thank you for having faith in me, chief especially, I won't let you down," DaCunza said. "Guys, friends, family and my wife, of course, for helping me get where I'm at because if it wasn't for her and her patience and her kind understanding this wouldn't be happening."
Newly minted Lieutenant Noonan also echoed DaCunza's thanks for the support of his colleagues, friends, family and the mayor and council.
"I could not have done this without the support of my wife, Amy and my children. They put up with the nights, weekends, and holidays that I can not be with them and must proudly serve the residents of Chester Township. And last but not least Chief Martini for his faith in me, also his selflessness for putting the guys in the town before himself," Noonan said. "Under his leadership he's put Chester Township Police on the map with his proactive police department and the programs in the community. Now I finally look forward to working side by side with him to make a difference in Chester Township. Thank you."
After the meeting, Martini has nothing but praise for the officers.
"They are fantastic officers," Martini said. "They've put a lot of time in, they are intregal to the success of the police department."