Officers earn promotions, commendations for service

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Skylar Parnell displays thank you notes, posters and donations with Milford Police Department’s Pfc. Theresa Bloodsworth. Skylar and mom Jennifer Parnell organized the effort and dropped off items Saturday in honor of Thank a Police Officer in Delmarva Day.

MILFORD — There were recognitions abound at the latest Milford City Council meeting Sept. 11.

The newest executive director Steve Twilley was introduced to council members along with several police officers receiving promotions or commendations.

Pfc. Timothy C. Maloney and Pfc. Albert A. Sargent were both promoted to the rank of Corporal during the council meeting. Both officers joined the Milford force two years ago after working in Milton, according to Police Chief Kenny Brown.

Chiefs Commendations were also given to Cpl. Kirk Marino, Cpl. Albert A. Sargent, Sgt. Matthew R. Smith and Pfc. Nigel Golding by Chief Brown during the meeting, honoring the officers for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Pfc. Timothy C. Maloney and Pfc. Albert A. Sargent were both promoted to the rank of Corporal during the council meeting. The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

Pfc. Timothy C. Maloney and Pfc. Albert A. Sargent were both promoted to the rank of Corporal during the council meeting. The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

As Chief Brown told the story to council members, a personal injury accident occurred last month in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Milford.

Among those needing assistance were three children: a 12-year-old boy and his two younger sisters. Due to a language barrier, the young boy helped translate for officers and other emergency personnel.

Although officers at the scene offered stuffed animals to his sisters to help calm them down and make them more comfortable, they had to apologize to the young boy. They didn’t have anything age-appropriate to give him.

All the while, the children’s father needed to call relatives to alert them of the accident. Unfortunately, his phone had lost all charge.

To recognize the young boy for his helpfulness in their emergency, officers chipped in to purchase him an age-appropriate gift and a cell phone charger for his father’s car so he can be prepared in emergency situations.

Chiefs Commendations were given to Cpl. Kirk Marino, Cpl. Albert A. Sargent, Sgt. Matthew R. Smith and Pfc. Nigel Golding by Chief Brown during the meeting, honoring the officers for going above and beyond the call of duty. The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

Chiefs Commendations were given to Cpl. Kirk Marino, Cpl. Albert A. Sargent, Sgt. Matthew R. Smith and Pfc. Nigel Golding by Chief Brown during the meeting, honoring the officers for going above and beyond the call of duty. The Chronicle/Jennifer Antonik

Chief Brown says this group of officers went “above and beyond” the call of duty.

The retirement of a 26-year officer was also announced to council members during the meeting.

Sgt. Michael McMillan served with the patrol division as a shift commander since Jan. 2008, not unlike the majority of his career which was spent working patrol units.

According to Chief Brown, Sgt. McMillan also served on a brief assignment in the Robbery Task Force.

He also served in the Fatal Accident Reconstruction Team and the Special Operations Group.

“I’ve watched this city grow, watched this department grow, and the only thing that stands out is its officers,” Sgt. McMillan told council members.

“It does things for its residents that nobody else does. It’s a professional group, an educated group and committed to not only make us feel good but safe. I’ve had a fun ride that had its share of bumps along the way.”

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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