Archive for Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Wichita police sergeant promoted after accident

October 31, 2000


— A Wichita police sergeant has been promoted to lieutenant after he was badly hurt in a fireworks accident while on duty.

Such promotions are typically made in the police chief's office, with the lieutenant, the chiefs and the deputy chiefs in attendance.

But when Sgt. John Galvin became a lieutenant on Sunday, more than 70 people, including family members, police officers and members of the media, were on hand.

"He's a dedicated gentleman," Police Chief Norman Williams said. "He's been out here making a difference in the community."

Galvin, 49, could not make the ceremony at Via Christi Regional Medical Center. He is in critical condition after receiving second- and third-degree burns across 80 percent of his body while preparing to destroy commercial fireworks during a routine bomb squad training exercise Oct. 20.

His wife, Mary Galvin, accepted the honor.

"This promotion happened because Jack deserved this promotion," she said. "He had 20 years on the force, and he did a good job."

Galvin joined the Wichita Police Department in 1980 and joined the bomb squad in 1993.

Investigators still are searching for the cause of the explosions.

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