Northern Regional Police recognize newest hire
Garrett Pampiks of Pine spent the year's coldest night — so far — covering a lot of ground as the newest member of Northern Regional Police Department.
It took hours for Pampiks, 27, to repeatedly pledge his department loyalty at four staggered swearing-in ceremonies in Marshall, Pine, Richland and Bradford Woods. Northern Regional Police Department serves all four municipalities.
Elected officials in each township or borough witnessed Pampiks' oath-taking during the officials' annual reorganization meetings on Jan. 6 in their respective municipal buildings. Pampiks travelled a total 15 miles to attend the ceremonies with Northern Regional Police Chief T. Robert Amann and Capt. John Sicilia Jr.
Pampiks, son of William and Amy Pampiks of Pine, gets a $42,000 salary as a new, local lawman.
“I feel very fortunate and privileged,” Garrett Pampiks said.
“I always thought it would be a cool job.
“I like to deal with people. I like to be on the move,” he said. “Each day provides a different opportunity.”
Amy Pampiks remembers the day her son came home and reported his enrollment in Allegheny County Police Academy.
“Nobody was more shocked than we were,” she said, also recalling her son's hopes of one day working as a police officer in his hometown.
“We're very proud of the decision he made,” Amy said. “We couldn't be happier that he's employed by such a wonderful department.”
Pampiks is a 2005 graduate of Pine-Richland High School and 2012 graduate of the Allegheny County Police Academy.
He also is a former groundskeeper at Wildwood Golf Club in Hampton, and former part-time policeman for Reserve and Indiana townships.
Pampiks is the third 20-something, full-time officer hired within the last year by Northern Regional Police Department.
The other new officers are Jennifer Dempsey, 25, of Castle Shannon, who formerly worked for police departments in McDonald Borough and Hanover, Washington County; and Ryan Olszewski, 27, of Lower Burrell, who formerly worked for the City of Arnold Police Department in Westmoreland County.
“They're a group of young, energetic officers that bring a lot of new blood to the police department,” said Amann, the department chief.
“It's good to have the younger officers. They mix well with the middle-aged officers, as well as the older officers,” Amann said.
“We have a good mix of officers, age-wise, throughout the department.”
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or email@example.com.
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