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Second female promoted to rank of lieutenant in Hagerstown Police Department

July 11, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Husband James Fetchu pins a lieutenant's shield onto Sgt. Rebecca Fetchu during a ceremony Wednesday to promote her to lieutenant in the Hagerstown City Police Department. Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, rear left, and Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith look on.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

Rebecca Fetchu of the Hagerstown Police Department was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant during a ceremony Tuesday morning at Hagerstown City Hall, becoming only the second woman in the history of HPD to earn that rank.

“I’m excited and proud to take steps forward,” Fetchu, 34, said. “I’m just proud regardless of gender to have moved through the ranks and to be able to be where I’m at today.”

Fetchu was sworn in by Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II in the Council Chambers of City Hall and pinned by her husband, James, 38.

Bruchey mentioned the significance of her being the second woman to achieve the rank of lieutenant for the Hagerstown Police Department.

“Although Rebecca didn’t break that glass ceiling, she is keeping the glass ceiling open,” he said.

Margaret Kline, who has since retired, was sworn in as the department’s first female police officer to make lieutenant in 1998.

In her new position, Fetchu said, she will be a patrol commander, be more involved in community projects and be the western sector manager, which means she will deal with issues related to Hagerstown’s West End.

“I’m looking forward to working with the community and the police department,” she said.

Fetchu had been a sergeant since 2007, spending four years as a patrol supervisor and one year as criminal investigation supervisor. Before that, she spent three years on the Narcotics Task Force and three years in the Patrol Division.

Fetchu will replace Tom Langston, who transferred out earlier in the year, according to Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith.

“I have no doubts about how (Fetchu) will do,” Smith. “She has done the tough jobs here, and our promotional process is a competetive process. We don’t just pick somebody to promote.”

A native of Ramey, Pa., in Clearfield County, Fetchu came to HPD in 2000 through the now-defunct Police Corps program. She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 1996 to 2000 and graduated with a degree in criminology.

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