Police personnel from all over Rhode Island were among a large crowd that honored two of Johnston’s finest last Friday morning.
Family and friends, as well as distinguished current and former law enforcement officials, were among those who witnessed an impressive promotional ceremony presided over by Johnston Police Chief Richard S. Tamburini.
Johnston Deputy Chief Daniel O. Parrillo presented Patrolman Stephen Altomari and Sgt. Mark Vieira for their respective promotions, while Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena performed the swearing-in of what he called “two outstanding police officers.”
“This is truly an honor for me,” Polisena told a gathering that filled nearly three-quarters of the Johnston Senior Center’s multi-purpose room last Friday morning. “It’s also a great honor for these gentlemen and their families; we are extremely proud of these two officers and all the men and women of the Johnston Police Department.”
Tamburini accepted Parrillo’s promotion proposal and Polisena gave the official oath of office, as Altomari was promoted from patrolman to sergeant and Vieira was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant.
“Today it is my special privilege to present our mayor two exceptional Johnston Police officers – Patrolman Stephen Altomari to be promoted to sergeant and Sgt. Mark Vieira to be promoted to lieutenant,” Tamburini said. “They are real examples of the officers that make up the Johnston Police Department.”
Tamburini paused before adding, “The outstanding level of dedication in this department does not go unnoticed.”
The chief thanked many of the state’s high-ranking police officials for attending, including William Devine, who he recognized as one of the most highly respected law enforcement officers in the state of Rhode Island. Divine is the former North Providence police chief, who is now the head of the state of Rhode Island Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
“We could not be prouder of our brother officers,” Tamburini said after welcoming IBPO President Jim Brady. “Please join me in congratulating Johnston’s finest.”
Among other police dignitaries who were on hand for the promotion ceremony were: Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh Clements, Col. Richard Sullivan, Bristol Police Chief Josue D. Canario and Bristol Deputy Chief Steven Conente, and former Johnston Fire Chief Victor Cipriano.
Tamburini also recognized Rhode Island restaurateur Edward Carosi, who owns and operates Uncle Tony’s Italian Restaurants, who came to help celebrate Altomari and Vieira’s promotion.