FAIRFIELD, Conn. – For four Fairfield police officers, Monday night was a stepping-stone in their careers as they celebrated promotions to sergeant and detective with their families.
“This is a blip in the career of a police officer,” Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara said. “But it really has a lot of significance.”
MacNamara told the families and friends gathered at the Senior Center for the ceremony that each badge has a history, and that everything the four promoted officers do with their new badges adds to that history.
“We’re losing a lot of great officers,” MacNamara said, of the officers being promoted out of their current positions in the DARE program, on the Dive Rescue team, on the bicycle patrol and working in Crisis Intervention. But as they move up in the ranks of the department, MacNamara said he hopes that they’ll continue to use their talents fully.
First promoted was Michael Paris, from officer to sergeant. Paris has been with the department as an officer since 2006 but had been working in the Emergency Communications Center since 2001. He is a field training officer for the department and serves on the department’s honor guard unit. Paris recently joined the Connecticut State Police Urban Violence Task Force and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, where he worked undercover.
Formerly a detective, Sgt. Edward Nook was hired by Fairfield in 1999 and has been a member of the bicycle and motorcycle units. He is a 10-year member of the Emergency Services Unit and a Field Training Officer for new recruits.
Since February, new Detective Anthony Vaspasiano has been working in a temporary position in the detective bureau focusing on burglaries. He has been a member of the Fairfield Police Department for the last 13 years and has worked with the Dive Team, Marine Unit and Crisis Intervention Team.
New Detective George Buckmir has been in law enforcement since 1999 and since 2003 has been the Fairfield Police DARE officer. He has also served as a Field Training Officer, Crisis Intervention Team Officer and School Safety Officer.