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.