7 Ardmore PD officers promoted

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Most of us have received a promotion at one time or another, and we're always proud to tell our families about it when we get home. But how many of us get to invite them to a public ceremony complete with cake and punch? Only the most well-deserving of workers, of course.

Seven of Ardmore’s Finest got their moment to shine on Friday.

"I’m very pleased and very proud to be able to promote all seven of these individuals today. They worked very hard. They competed and they were successful and selected for these promotionary spots, and I think it's a great opportunity for us as an agency and them as individuals," Ardmore Chief of Police David Leonardo said.

Four new captains were announced-- Eric Hamblin, John Ryan, Ed Harwood, and Kevin Woods, as were three new sergeants-- Kevin Norris, Ryan Hunnicutt, and Jason Qualls.

It was a record day for the Ardmore Police Department. With the first promotion ceremony of its kind, family, friends, and members of the community looked on as new badges and rank insignia were awarded and oaths taken. For seven men, this was the culmination of months of hard work, studying, and tests. It was their moment to stand up and be noticed.

"I think it's good for the community to know just who their people are -- who is out there working for them, and they get a chance to see them get recognized, and when they see them doing the job they'll know just who they are," Chief Leonardo added.

"A great group of guys. We have a very good department here. I'm excited to be a part of the team, and I look forward to working with each and every one of them. Good group," new captain Eric Hamblin said.

Loved ones pinned the new badges to finish the ceremony, and then it was time for refreshments.

It was a special day for a lot of people, and the chief says he is looking forward to more of these ceremonies in the future.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2008 at 05:46 PM
    COPS do their job,why do you people want to be so ugly all the time.IT is not anyones place to judge.IF anyone can do a better job than do it ,god bless all the policemen
  • by ARDMOREITE2 Location: ARDMORE on Feb 4, 2008 at 11:32 AM
    It's weird how you people can praise all officers so blindly like sheep without knowing whether they're a good or a corrupt person deep down. One of those officers that was promoted has a kid that was picked up for shoplifting and tried to get her off at the mall where she got caught.
  • by Mom Location: Ardmore on Feb 4, 2008 at 09:18 AM
    WAY TO GO GUYS!!!!!! The Chief has done and extrodinary job cleaning up the APD and fixing problems. You guys worked hard for your new titles and deserve it. Thank you Chief Leonardo for all you have done for Ardmore and our guys in blue!
  • by kelly on Feb 4, 2008 at 08:51 AM
    u r soooo right mr anonymous...they r such heroes....i don`t blame ya....i would be anonymous too,if i was making those comments
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2008 at 04:40 PM
    policemen do their job. what is the point of taken all these cheap shots,do you think you can do their job ,then how come your not a cop.you could'nt do the job
  • by clyde Location: ardmore on Feb 2, 2008 at 07:47 PM
    to anonymous; here you are again mouthing off again. what's the matter truth hurts and as for bonnie hell she helped make the donuts for these guys.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2008 at 07:35 AM
    Thanks KXII for letting another person take cheap shots at public servants!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2008 at 07:33 AM
    Congrats gents, you've earned it. And, next time give old Clyde some advance notice so that he and his wife Bonnie can cover your patrol functions.
  • by Ardmoreite Location: Ardmore on Feb 1, 2008 at 09:47 PM
    I have to say this because I see one of the officers that refused to do his job was promoted today. I wont write names, but I had a friend that worked at the mall in Ardmore and they had nearly caught a shoplifter. Even though the thief got away they got the discription of the thief and the car they were driving and called the police to report the crime. The officer that came out refused to take a report because they didnt catch the thief. And he made no effort to even try. On a brighter note, the same situation happened again and a different officer came out, took the information and some time later caught the thief, cant remember who he was, but he did his job!
  • by clyde Location: ardmore on Feb 1, 2008 at 06:06 PM
    hurry up and get that award pinned on me there may not be enough donuts left and who was protecting the city while this was going on
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