GREENWICH, Conn. — After 27 years of protecting Greenwich residents, Police Officer Ronald Carosella has retired. Carosella’s road to becoming a regular Greenwich Police Officer began when he volunteered his time as a Special Police Officer.
He rose to the rank of Special Police Sergeant and would be certified by MPTC as a regular Police Officer in 1988. Carosella would then be sworn in by Chief Anderson (Ret.) as a regular Greenwich Police officer on September 27, 1989. Carosella has held many positions within the department. He was a founding member of the Greenwich Police Department Honor Guard. He was appointed to the position of Enforcement Officer in 1999 and Court Technician in 2014.
Carosella is also a State of Connecticut certified instructor in many areas including Emergency Medical Technician, Police Motorcycle Operations, and DWI Enforcement. He is also one of a handful of national certified Child Car Restraint Technicians in our area.
As an instructor, he is additionally called upon to instruct our Police Explorer’s and at our Citizens Police Academy. Carosella is also a Red Cross CPR instructor as well as an AAA auto safety instructor. Carosella’s file reflects numerous department commendations for excellent police work in the apprehension of wanted persons in which his actions exemplified the best tradition of police service. These actions were exhibited in various instances over the years and ranged from arsons to burglaries to illegal gun arrests.
As a longstanding motor officer in the Traffic Section, Carosella represented the Town of Greenwich and this department in funerals throughout the State of Connecticut, New York and beyond for officers killed in the line of duty. He has participated in many special details, parades, roadway disruptions, as well as the daily task of traffic enforcement. He has escorted members of Congress, foreign heads of state and rode in four presidential motorcades. Carosella has received numerous letters of gratitude from citizens of Greenwich for his professional demeanor and assistance at countless funerals for everyday people.
“Ron has spent a lot of his adult life in uniform. He volunteered to join the Navy in 1968 and after a tour in Vietnam was honorably discharged in 1971,” said Chief James Heavey. “Afterward, Ron moved to Greenwich where he volunteered for over a decade as a special police officer sacrificing his personal time for his fellow citizens. All this before he was sworn in as a regular police officer. I am very proud to have served with Ron and wish him the best in the next stage of his life.”