Police, fire depts hold joint ceremony
In a rapid ceremony July 21, during which the Rotunda was packed with city officials, family, friends, media and fellow uniformed public servants, 10 people were honored with promotions or welcomed into their ranks.
Mayor Bob Donchez announced, “Bethlehem’s approach to safety has seen many changes over the years. The implementation of new technology and training techniques. They have improved the equipment that is used. But that cannot change the critical factor that one needs to be a police officer or firefighter, and that is character.
He said the risks in most people’s daily activities are a far cry from what these men and women take ever day with no desire for acclaim or recognition.
But recognized they were.
Police Chief Mark DiLuzio introduced his people saying what they have done is not accept a job, but a calling. Lt. Anthony Leardi and Lt. Scott Meixell have been promoted to captain, while Sgt. Keane Knappenberger was promoted to lieutenant.
Three firefighters were likewise promoted by Chief Warren Achey.
Capt. Craig Hoffert was promoted to assistant chief, and lieutenants Kevin Landis and Raymond Alpha were promoted to captain.
Meanwhile the police department swore in four new officers. They are: Officer Jamie Cooper, Officer Robert Constable, Officer Mark Kuntzman, and Officer Ralph Gontz Jr.