West Long Branch: Detective William Lynch became Sergeant William Lynch in a promotion ceremony during the brought council meeting on Wednesday, March 7, with nineteen years of exemplary service behind him. His mother Carol was in attendance as she “Pinned” the Sergeant emblem on his dress jacket. Most of the WLB PD members were there, along with police officers and officials from nearby towns. The event was indeed a celebration.
Chief Arthur Cosentino presided and read the sergeant’s police history, an account that began with his 1993 hiring as a Dispatcher and being appointed a Special Officer a year later. Lynch moved up to Patrolman in 1996, where he served ten years of meritorious duty rewarded with his assignment to Detective in 2006.
On March 7, 2012 he became Sergeant William Lynch, well decorated over the years with Meritorious Service, Excellent Arrest, Unit Citation and Life Saving Medal awards in addition to his career achievements in training and certification. He is a certified Police Academy Instructor in addition. Many children will remember him as their D.A.R.E. Officer.
Chief Cosentino read a tribute to his leadership as he recalled the many years he has known Lynch, “since his high school years,” he said. Chief ended his quote with “In the end, leaders are much like eagles… they don’t flock; you find them one at a time."
The handout distributed to the audience captured the words Cosentino read as well as a full page listing of Sergeant Lynch’s impressive qualifications. Mayor Janet Tucci thanked him on behalf of the borough, wishing him and his fellow officers that they remain well and safe.