Four Pittsburgh police officers were promoted Friday -- three to the rank of sergeant and one to the rank of lieutenant.
They stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the Rocco Room of the police bureau's North Side headquarters for much of the 15-minute ceremony, during which they took their oaths before family members and colleagues who had come to support them.
"This is one of the fun things we get to do periodically is promote people within the department," said public safety director Michael Huss, who administered the oaths. "These folks are your future leaders."
Deputy police Chief Paul Donaldson encouraged the officers to be firm and fair and to be kind to their subordinates as they took on their news roles.
"Get used to that title," he said. "People will call you by that honorary title more than they will use your given name."
Officer Matthew Lackner, an 18-year veteran of the force, rose to the rank of lieutenant. He spent much of his time working in the bureau's Zone 2 station in the Hill District and became a negotiator about six or seven years ago. He served on a team that negotiated during the hostage situation at 3 Gateway Center, Downtown, last year.
Bob DiGiacomo, who was pinned by his 8-year-old daughter, Grace, spent much of his 13 years with the bureau working out of the city's Zone 4 station in Squirrel Hill, most recently as a plainclothes detective. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Arthur Baker, a detective with eight years of experience on the Pittsburgh police force, was also promoted to sergeant. He was one of several officers who worked on a case in which a man attacked the wife of an injured Pirates player during a road rage incident.
Albert Cecconello, who joined the force in 2003 and was also promoted to the rank of sergeant, spent time working as a robbery detective. Among the cases he worked on was one involving the arrest of a Tennessee parolee who was accused of robbing at least a half dozen local businesses to support a heroin habit.
Liz Navratil: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil. First Published August 10, 2013 4:00 AM