NORWALK, Conn. -- Since July 5, 1979, Sgt. James Belmont has been a distinguished member of the Norwalk Police Department. He retired on Dec. 31 as one of the most senior members of the department.
Belmont began his career as a patrol officer, before being promoted to the rank of detective, a position he held for more than 20 years.
"From the time Sgt. Belmont started to when he retired, he was found to be a true professional in every sense of the word," said Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling.
After his promotion to sergeant, Belmont was a supervisor in the Patrol Division and retired as a day-shift supervisor.
Over his 36-year career, Belmont was recognized for his service to the community. One of his many awards included receiving the Distinguished Service Award for safely apprehending a wanted man with a loaded gun at the Silver Star Diner on Connecticut Avenue in 2010.
Belmont also received Meritorious Commendations in January 2013.
"Belmont came to work religiously and performed all duties well during his time from patrolman, to detective, and then to sergeant. He represented the police department and the community well and will be missed," Rilling added.
"We wish Sergeant Belmont a healthy and happy retirement," the Norwalk Police Department posted on its Facebook page. "Thank you for your decades of service and commitment to the City of Norwalk."
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