SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Police Department promoted 8 officers in a pinning ceremony Thursday morning. The ceremony took place at Police Headquarters on Pearl Street.
Police Commissioner John Barbieri led the ceremony, and Mayor Dominic Sarno gave remarks on behalf of the City of Springfield.
Brian K. Keenan will be promoted to Captain. Jessica L. Henderson, Kenneth J. Murray and Juan A. Rosario will be promoted to Lieutenant. Aaron O. Butler, Joseph A. Dunn, Brian D. Strout and Ariel Toledo will be promoted to Sergeant.
Jessica Henderson became the first black woman to earn the rank of Lieutenant in Springfield. She told 22News, “Be a role model for people, young people, just to be a positive impact on them, let them know they have hope and can do all things if they believe in themselves.”
Lt. Henderson has been with the Springfield Police Department for 21 years.
Mayor Sarno said, “Proud of each and every one of them and thank them and their families for their continued brave and dedicated efforts to keep our city safe. Of special note, Lt. Jessica L. Henderson becomes the first female African-American to earn the rank of Lieutenant too.”
“This ceremony honors their achievements, highlighting this benchmark in their careers, and serves to thank them and their families for the sacrifices they continue to make in order to serve and protect the residents of Springfield,” said Commissioner Barbieri.
He continued, “The promoted personnel have agreed to take on the tremendous the burden of responsibility of ensuring that their assigned personnel perform in the manner predicated by sworn oaths of office, while serving as leaders, mentors and role models for our officers.