LORAIN — Two city police officers got new stripes and badges Friday when they were promoted during a ceremony at police headquarters.
Rick Soto was promoted to lieutenant, while Zachary Iannantuono rose to sergeant.
Soto, who said he joined the force in 1990, has been heavily involved with community relations and recruiting and served on the department's Traffic Division. He thanked the city, the police department, family, friends and officials for the chance to "do a job that I always wanted to do" since kindergarten, he said.
Less effusive was Iannantuono, who joked that he knew Soto would have a big speech to give and that he would let him do so.
Thanking the dozen or so officers who showed up to the ceremony for "showing support for our fellow officers," Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera said an officer's duty is, first and foremost, to serve and protect.
Leadership is about "doing the best you can for the people under you," he said. Both officers, he said, epitomize that trait.
"Leadership is tough," Mayor Chase Ritenauer said, "but the work our police department does is second-to-none."