Davenport Police honoredoutstanding employees on Wednesday and bade goodbye to two at a ceremony in the station's headquarters.
For Officer Seth Farley, promoted to corporal, the ceremony had been a long time coming. His mother, Lisa, said herson had been interested in being a police officer "since he was very, very, small" and spent much of his childhood watching cop shows on television.
"It's amazing being so young and knowing what you want to do," she said.
Cpl. Farley was with the U.S. Coast Guard for four-and-a-half years before joining the Davenport Police force in 2006, working in the patrol division and as as part of Neighborhoods Energized To Succeed.
"This is just another stepping stone to being a leader within my department," he said, noting his knowledge has expanded with each division he has worked with.
He said his work in NETS unit routinely had him talking with citizens to ensure neighborhoods were protected.
"I realized that there was a lot of people in this community and when you go to these neighborhood meetings, you realize they do have a lot of concerns for safety," he said.
Cpl. James Garrard, was promoted to sergeant. The 19-year veteran primarily has been with the patrol division and collected several awards for his K-9 unit work.
"Both Seth and Jim have made many sacrifices and contributions to the community and they deserve the highest praise for their accomplishments," said Maj. Donald Schaeffer.
Two retiring officers also were honored for decades of service.
Officer Charles "Chuck" Lee retired this month after more than three decades in the patrol division, the crime prevention unit and as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education representative. He plans to remain a volunteer for police services.
Also honored were Officer Tim Brandenburg, a 23-year veteran who retired in November. He spent many years as a night patrol officer and with crime scene investigations. He also became known as "The Hy-Vee Cop" during his 18-year run managing the west end grocery store's security.
"You know, there's a lot of memories -- memories of being able to be a crucial part," he said. Cradling his infant grandson in his arms, Officer Brandenburg said he often had to act as a "spokesperson" for difficult police cases, many involving children.
"But it's rewarding in the fact that you're able to try to make a difference in people's lives and make sure that when we had crime scenes, that we had the stuff to deal with that would put criminals behind bars," he said.
He said his retirement will more time for his company,Brandenburg Photography, in Blue Grass.
"It's part of the crime scene business," he said. "Back in the day, we learned on fully manual cameras, and were really taught well. So it's been a passion of mine."
Also honored were two part-time police services generalists, Mona Varela and Lindsey Ellison, who were promoted in 2012 to full-time positions in the Records Bureau.
Jarrad Cockshoot also was welcomed back to the patrol division after a year-long deployment with the U.S. Army Reserve in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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