WEST LONG BRANCH:Police Lt. Brian Ellis was promoted from the rank of sergeant in a ceremony held at the beginning of the Borough Council meeting on Sept. 2.
The swearing in was conducted with Lt. Ellis' son Nathaniel, 3, holding the Bible, his wife Crystal by his side and 8-month old Gabriel in her arms. Mayor Janet Tucci, council members, parents, friends, Police Captain Paul Haberman and a host of fellow borough police officers congratulated Lt. Ellis as Borough Clerk Lori Cole officiated.
Chief of Police Larry Mihlon introduced Lt. Ellis as a member of the borough police team, officers accepting the duties and daily risks of the job. He called the team a group "second to none" committed to the safety and service of the community,
"Lieutenant Brian Ellis began his career with the West Long Branch Police Department in 1993 as a dispatcher, before becoming a patrolman in 1998," Mihlon said. "He was assigned to the Detective Bureau in 2005 until he was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2007."
His military career began with the United States Army in 1989, where he served several combat tours as a Sergeant in the National Guard and Army Reserves until retiring in 2011, Mihlon said.
Army Sgt. Ellis received many awards which included the Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, Army Achievement Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal with two Campaign Stars, and the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal.
"As a Police Officer for West Long Branch, Lieutenant Ellis has received the 200 Club Award for Meritorious Service, the Lifesaving Awed and nearly a dozen Commendations and certifications of Merit," Mihlon said.