Four officers promoted and two new officers sworn in during ceremony at city hall

Lieutenants Amy O’Hara, Jeff Graff, and Glenn Malley take the oath. (Advocate photo / Aaron Keebaugh)

  In a brief but celebratory ceremony in the city hall council chambers Tuesday morning, City Clerk Ashley Melnik administered the oath of office for six police officers.
Four of those who took the oath earned promotions. Sergeants Amy O’Hara, Jeff Graff, and Glenn Malley left the chamber Tuesday as Lieutenants. Officer Mike Mason was promoted to Sergeant.
When asked for his thoughts on his promotion, Sgt. Mason, who has served in the department for almost 20 years, said it was just another part of the job. “I’m excited to go back to work,” he said.
The ceremony also added two new faces to the Revere police department; Nick Fantasia, 24, and Vedran Trifkovic, 24, took the oath to become full-fledged police officers. Both men completed their training at the Reading Police Academy. “We’re ready to work,” Fantasia said proudly.
“Public safety has been my top priority,” Mayor Dan Rizzo told the crowd of family members, police officers, and other city officials who packed the chamber to overflowing.“We have an outstanding police department.”
“It’s been a pleasure to work with these officers,” Chief Joseph Cafarelli said during the ceremony.
To the two new officers sworn in that morning, Cafarelli said, “These are some of the best supervisors you’re going to get. . . You’re going to have a front row seat to the best ride in the world.”
Following the oath, family members pinned new badges onto the uniforms of the officers who received promotions. One such incident reminded those watching that police work often passes from one generation to another. After placing the pin onto Amy O’Hara’s uniform, Ed Hara, her father (a retired police officer), donned a police cap and saluted the new lieutenant.