Congratulations to our new Southlake Police Officers and Firefighters who officially took the Oath of Office during a special ceremony last night! Ten officers and six Firefighter/Paramedics were sworn in. Our new City of Southlake Police Officers are: Robert Briggs, Terry Carpenter, Weston Wood, Jody Jones, David Tatsak, Connor Haller, Preston Logan, Christopher Melton, Casey Pentecost and Andrew Davis. New Firefighters/Paramedics are: Jody Keeler, Daniel Massengale, Jay Nunnaly, Andrew Beggs, Daniel Lyons and Cole Wilson.
The ceremony was very moving as family members personally pinned each officer and firefighter with their new badges. City Manager Shana K. Yelverton welcomed everyone to the special occasion. Ms. Yelverton said each new member of Police and Fire Services exemplify the City’s five core values of Integrity, Innovation, Accountability, Commitment to Excellence and Teamwork. She added, “Tonight you are becoming a part of a proud tradition, one that stretches back several decades and one that will be here for many years to come. We are honored to welcome you into our family.”
Southlake City councilmembers also attended the ceremony and Mayor Pro Tem Brandon Bledsoe also spoke at the event and congratulated the new officers and firefighters. Councilmember Bledsoe said, “You are joining the ranks of a very dedicated group of individuals who work each and every day to make the City of Southlake the best place to live and work.”
Police Chief Stephen Mylett personally addressed his new officers and their families saying, “Being a Police Officer is a calling. One that asks not only for personal sacrifice but also sacrifices from family members; knowing that loved ones are the first line of defense for the citizens of Southlake and also accepting that the job oftentimes calls for long hours away from home.” He added, “We are grateful to the dedication of our officers but to your dedication as well.” Chief Mylett also promoted two senior members of the department; Sergeant Robert McAmis to Police Lieutenant and Corporal Rick Salas to Police Sergeant.
Fire Chief Mark Starr also spoke to the new group of firefighters saying, “You have worked hard and passed all of the tests set before you and you are now officially part of our Fire Services family. We are honored to have you as part of our team!” Chief Starr also promoted four senior members of Fire Services including: David Barnes to Deputy Fire Chief, Ryan Arthur to EMS/Hazmat Lieutenant, Trey Porter to Fire Lieutenant and Bryan Thomas to Driver/Engineer.
A reception for the new officers and firefighters and their families immediately followed the ceremony. Congratulations again to everyone!