NEW CANAAN — Police honored five officers at an awards and promotion ceremony Nov. 30 at Waveny House.

In front of friends, family and community members, Capt. Andrew Walsh, Lt. Marc DeFelice, Sgt. Jason Kim and Sgt. Brian Mitchell were all honored for their promotions, effective back in October. All four officers also got the chance to address the audience in speeches after being recognized for their service. Many of the officers thanked their family members and fellow officers for helping them achieve their promotions.

“My family is my support,” Kim said in his speech. “They keep me strong.”

“Maybe when you’re older, you’ll understand we want your world to be a better place,” he added, addressing his three children in the audience. “You’re my hope. You’re my future. You’re my happiness.”

Walsh used his speech to ask audience members to help in defending law enforcement during a time when many are under scrutiny.

More Information

For more information on the recently promoted officers, see New Canaan police promote four officers.

For more information on Sgt. Jason Kim’s work in Weston, see Three charged in Weston home invasion.

“Please take a moment to stop and think about how rare that is,” he said of officers being scrutinized for poor behavior.

Kim, as well as Officer Christopher Dewey, were also presented with Exceptional Duty Awards.

On Aug. 20, Dewey was off duty when he helped subdue a man on U.S. Route 7.

The New Canaan officer pulled over after he saw several cars stopped on the shoulder of the road. There he found a shirtless man on the roof of a red car. The man jumped down off the car toward a woman later identified as his mother. Dewey identified himself as an off-duty officer and tried to diffuse the situation. The man approached Dewey with a knife and started yelling “Kill me.” The man then walked into southbound traffic. Dewey stopped traffic to prevent the man from being hit and when a state trooper arrived, both Dewey and the trooper drew weapons and managed to subdue the man. He was cuffed and taken to the hospital.

“This highlights a trend where folks who are suicidal seek to have officers end their lives,” said New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. “We’re proud that was prevented.”

Kim’s award stemmed from an event on Sept. 28.

Kim was working in the forensics lab at the Weston Police Department when the department received a report of a burglary and home invasion. Kim responded along with officers from Weston and surrounding communities and helped chase the suspects into a wooded area where they were apprehended.

Kim is also receiving an award from the Weston Police Department for his service.

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