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Hopatcong Police Department welcomes newest officer, promotes 4

HOPATCONG BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – The Hopatcong Police Department recently held promotions and swearing-in of four officers and welcomed the newest member to the department.

Michael O’Shea was promoted to Captain. He was hired in 1999 and, during his career, has been a Field Training Officer, Radar Instructor, Baton/PR 24 Instructor/OC Spray Instructor. He has been certified as an accident reconstruction and is the accreditation manager.

Captain O’Shea was a patrolman from 1999-2012, when he was promoted to Sergeant. He served as a sergeant from 2012 until 2019, when he was promoted to Lieutenant, which he held until being promoted to captain.

Edward Janosko, Vincent Fullman, and Richard Bosland were all promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Sergeant Edward Janosko was hired in 2000. He became an EMT in 2003 and a Child Safety Seat Installer in 2006. Prior to being hired, he spent four years serving in the United States Navy.

Sergeant Vincent Fullman was hired in 2015. He quickly became a Field Training Officer in the department and also serves as a range instructor. Prior to being hired, he served in the United States Marine Corps from 2008-2012.

Sergeant Richard Bosland was hired in 2016. He is a Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor and served as a Detective from 2021-2022. Prior to being hired, he served active duty in the United States Army for three years. He completed his associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Centenary University and was a Sheriff’s Officer for Morris County.

Their newest member, Steven McGregor, was raised in Roxbury. After high school, he attended Morris County College and then East Stroudsburg University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. He graduated from the Morris County Police Academy on December 1st and is a welcomed addition to the department.

Along with the promotions, five officers were recognized for their heroic efforts.

In August, Officer Lobue of the Dover Police Department was off duty when he saw smoke coming from an apartment at 473 River Styx Road. He had someone contact 9-1-1 while he rushed to the apartment. He was able to kick the locked door open as Patrolmen Kondreck, Rohan, Jacob, and Starnes of the Hopatcong Police Department arrived, police said.

The officers entered to find heavy smoke and the bed and walls in flames. They extracted the resident, who suffered from serious burns to their body and airway, police said.

The officers worked on putting out the fire until further personnel arrived on the scene. Due to their quick response and heroic efforts, the resident not only survived but was recently released from the hospital, police said.

“We are proud to have officers who continue to put themselves on the line to help protect all who live in the Hopatcong Community. Congratulations to everyone on their promotions and awards,” the department siad.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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