Ptl. Craig Sweeney was sworn in during the July 12 Eatontown Council meeting.
Retiring Police Sgt. David Brown was honored by the Eatontown Council
Sgt. Matthew Williams was sworn in during the July 12 Eatontown Council meeting.
Ptl. Eric Krozser was sworn in during the July 12 Eatontown Council meeting.
Several police officers were honored for their life-saving acts during the July 12 Eatontown Council meeting.
EATONTOWN: Even with the retirement of one of its finest officers, the Eatontown Police Department is at full strength following a promotion and the hiring of two new officers.
The Eatontown Council approved all the changes to the department during its July 12 meeting, brining the department's roster to 37, according to Eatontown Police Chief Michael Goldfarb.
Sgt. David Brown has retired after 27 years as a police officer; 23 of them with the Eatontown Police Department.
"It's been a tremendous career," Brown said. "Twenty seven years goes fast especially when you work with the best people."
Replacing Brown at sergeant will be former patrolman Matthew Williams. He will be joined by probationary patrolmen Eric Krozser and Craig Sweeney; two new officers who were hired by the department. All three officers were sworn in to their new positions and were joined by a large crowd of their friends, family and fellow police officers.
Goldfarb also honored several officers who aided in two major lifesaving incidents last year.
The first occurred at a Tinton Falls motel where three Eatontown Police officers were called to assist. The officers were able to stop a knife-wielding man who was holding a woman hostage in the laundry room of the motel before any injuries occurred.
The second was heavily-publicized robbery and shootout with police officers at the All Town Pharmacy on Wyckoff Road in late 2016. The officers who responded received a unit citation award and Ptl. Kevin Licknack received a Combat Cross, the second highest honor a police officers can be given after he was shot at and returned fire at the robber. Even though the robber was able to escape, Ptl. Licknack was able to shoot the man in the leg, and he was later arrested in New York City. No pharmacy employees, customers or police officers were injured during the incident thanks to the work of the officers and the dispatcher who helped relay information throughout the entirety of the robbery.