Four Watertown Police Department officers are retiring today after 20 years of service, according to Chief Joseph Goss.
The officers retiring today are:
Lt. Christopher Damon – B Platoon Commander, former Detective Sergeant, Task Force Investigator and range instructor. Damon has received numerous awards for service on the Drug Task Force and was Officer of the year in 1993.
Officer Kevin Froedtert – Ranger Instructor, Field Training Officer, Evidence Technician and Investigator. Officer Froedtert received special recognition in 1994 for his part in talking down a suicidal subject armed with a knife.
Officer Gary Egeberg – Formerly training director for the Black River St. lawrence Valley Police Academy. Master Instructor through DJCS. In 1993, Officer Egeberg was one of two officers who apprehended a suspect in a murder at the Poor House Tavern in Watertown.
Officer Robert Newark – K-9 officer for two dogs, Thor and Duka. K-9 instructor who headed the Watertown K-9 unit for several years. Officer Newark was recognized in 1993 for disarming a suicidal subject.
Due to the retirement of these four officers, three WPD officers will be assuming new duties effective Monday: Sergeant Michael Mullins promoted to Lieutenant and made commander of C platoon; Officer Michael Labarge promoted to sergeant; Officer Erica Derouin promoted to detective.