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Recruits take different paths to the GPD

October 1, 2018

GREENWICH — Five new recruits to the Greenwich Police Department come from varied backgrounds.

One new officer, William O’Connor, will be the fourth member of the family serving in the department. Another recruit, Kevin Ingraham, has family roots in the Greenwich Fire Department.

The first officer of the group to take the oath at Greenwich Town Hall Monday was Erica Rosario. She has an associate’s degree from LaGuardia Community College and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in education. Rosario has served in the Auxiliary Police of the New York City Police Department, and she has also worked as a medical assistant.

Allen Arlington III comes to the department as a New York City corrections officer. He has advanced medical training and was a squad leader in the Corrections Department. “It’s been a long time coming,” he said when he rose to take his oath.

Christopher Manjuck, the son of a retired Greenwich police officer, worked previously as a crisis recovery specialist, assisting people under treatment for mental-health disorders. He also has training in wilderness rescues and first aid. His father, Andrew Manjuck, gave him his shield.

“I wanted to be engaged in the community, and to help people. And I wanted to follow in my father’s foot steps,” Christopher Manjuck said of his desire to work in law-enforcement. “I’m extremely excited today.”

Ingraham, who has a degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut, is a graduate of Greenwich High School. He has been a volunteer in the Cos Cob Fire Department, where he was a driver and hazardous-material specialist. He won a “firefighter of the year” citation, and his father, Bill, was a Greenwich Fire Department lieutenant. Amid jokes about the rivalry between the police and fire services, Bill Ingraham gave him his badge, saying in a light-hearted tone, “I have some reservations about this. But I know it’s what you’ve wanted forever, and I’m proud of you.”

Kevin Ingraham said later he always wanted to work in emergency services.

“It’s always been a dream of mine, since I was a kid, to be a first-responder. So it’s a dream come true. And I will always be a volunteer firefighter,” he said.

William O’Connor will join his father, Sgt. Michael O’Connor, and two brothers, Patrick and Michael Jr., on the force. He has worked in the Old Saybrook Police Department, in the field of private security and in fitness.

“It’s a very proud moment for the O’Connor family,” said Police Chief James Heavey. A bouquet of flowers was presented to Mary O’Connor, the mother of the new recruit.

First Selectman Peter Tesei said, “There is no greater responsibility and service that a municipal government provides than life safety, and we’re very blessed to have the very finest in the GPD and emergency services overall.”

Turning to the family members present, Tesei said, “This is your day, as well. You should take pride in what takes place today.”

rmarchant@greenwichtime.com

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