BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and if you pass a police officer or know of one, it may be a good idea to say thank you for all that they do for the community.
This day was extra special for the City of Tonawanda Police Department as they sworn in two new officers Nicholas Kirkwood and Lea Stachura, and promoted Lieutenant Jamin Butcher to Captain, Detective Matthrew Burke to Lieutenant and Officer Matthew Wark to Detective.
Kirkwood and Stachura both grew up in the City of Tonawanda and wanted to play a role in protecting their hometown.
"I always respected the people who put their lives on the line for the community and for others," Stachura said.
"It means a lot to me to help this community," Kirkwood said, he also served six years in the Navy as a rescue swimmer in Hawaii. "I just wanted to come back and continue to serve my community."
When asked what kind of officer he wants to be he responded "A friendly one."
Stachura is only 23-years-old and becomes the only female officer in the city.
"I want to be known as understanding and empathetic," Stachura said. "I am going to follow the rules and do my job. I will not be stepped on because I am a female."
Kirkwood has his first day of work tomorrow while Stachura still has to go to training in the academy for six to eight months.
We thank all of the brave men and women who keep us safe every day.