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O'Neil Sworn In; Promotion To Sergeant Becomes Permanent

Jul 17, 2014 05:57AM ● By Bill Gilman

Sgt. Brian O'Neil, center, was recently sworn is as a permanent sergeant with the Tewksbury Police Department. He is flanked by Deputy Chief John Voto (left) and Chief Timothy Sheehan.

Brian O'Neil may have begun his career as a police officer in Newport News, Va., but his heart has always been committed to Tewksbury.
Ten years after returning to his hometown to continue his law enforcement career, O'Neil has been promoted to the rank of sergeant. He was named to the position temporarily in March and the promotion was made permanent in a swearing-in ceremony last week.
"Brian is an exceptional police officer who gives 110 percent every minute of every shift," said Chief Timothy Sheehan. "He is very deserving of this promotion to sergeant. Words that I would use to describe Brian are honorable, courageous, loyal, dedicated, caring, respectful, respected, focused, and tenacious."
Deputy Chief John Voto said that while he has a passion for police work, O'Neil has also shown an ability to work well with the public and provide residents with whatever is needed in a given situation.
"He is a hard charging individual, who understands that he and the Tewksbury Police Department must give the best service to our community as possible," said Voto.
O'Neil began his career as a patrolman -- two years in Virginia and two more in Tewksbury. He was promoted to detective and spent the next eight years in the investigative unit, working on some high-profile cases.
O'Neil said he took the sergeant's exam because he was looking for new challenges and new ways to serve his department and his town.
"I wanted some added responsibility," he said.
Sgt. O'Neil and Sgt. Pat Harrington work the day shift and oversee 6-7 patrolmen. He admitted that after eight years in the investigative unit, he was excited about working with the patrolmen again. He said it has renewed his appreciation for how hard the patrolman work and how many calls they respond to on a given day.

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