Two Shelton police sergeants honored during ceremony

Two Shelton Police Department members who were promoted to sergeant in 2014 were recognized during a recent ceremony.

Sgt. Matthew J. Kunkel and William T. Serrano were among the police officers honored at the event, held at the Shelton Senior Center.

Two other department members — Mark Siglinger and Brian Yerzak — were made sergeants in 2015 and also recognized during the ceremony.

Sgt. Kunkel

Matthew Kunkel has 15 years of law enforcement experience. He was a field training officer and a member of the honor guard.

Kunkel was named Shelton Police Officer of the Year in 2006. He is a POST certified instructor and has served as the youth officer.

In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of detective. He was promoted to sergeant in May 2014 and then to detective sergeant in July 2014.

Kunkel graduated from the Fairfield County Detective School, from Roger Williams University’s Command Training Series: First Line Supervisor course, and from DEA Narcotics School. He was assigned to the DEA as a task force officer.

He served eight years in the Army Reserve, with a deployment to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Sgt. Serrano

William Serrano has 20 years of law enforcement experience in both Beacon Falls and Shelton. He has been with the Shelton force for 15 years.

Serrano has been a field training officer and member of the Shelton SWAT team. He is an FBI-certified crisis negotiator, POST certified instructor, and a member of the SCUBA team.

He has received multiple domestic violence investigation awards, and was named Shelton Police Officer of the Year in 2008.

Serrano is a graduate of the Fairfield County Detective School and of Roger Williams University’s Command Training Series: First Line Supervisor course.

Honor guard salute

During the March 26 police promotion and recognition ceremony, city Emergency Management Director Michael Maglione served as master of ceremonies. Mayor Mark Lauretti and Police Chief Joel Hurliman also spoke at the event.

There was an honor guard salute and Francesca Scarpa from Center Stage Theatre sang the National Anthem and God Bless America.

Three department members were honored for 30 or more years of service, commendations were awarded for extraordinary actions, and eight members were promoted.

Look for more details and photos from the ceremony on this website in the coming days.

Others who were honored

Click below to read about other police department members recognized at the event:

Det. Nugent and K-9 Jager:

Sgts. Siglinger and Yerzak:

Capts. Kozlowsky and Sequeira:

Det. DeBrum:

Officers Eldridge and Norris:

Chief Hurliman:

Sgt. Zaksewicz:

Click below to read a list of deceased Shelton Police Department members: