That’s the way Norwalk Police Chief Mike Conney referred to the promotions recently of Jim Fulton and Dave Daniels, whom he described as “extremely dedicated” and very deserving of their new titles.
Fulton was promoted to captain, having been in the detective bureau since 1998. He started as an auxiliary officer in April 1988 and become a paid reserve in September 1990, having graduated from the Sandusky Police Academy in January 1989. The city hired Fulton as a full-time cop in 1992.
Daniels was promoted to sergeant Tuesday. He joined the department as a reserve officer in August 2005 and went full time in March 2006. Daniels has been a detective since May 2015 and the DARE officer since the 2013-’14 school year.
“I love educating our youth and I think I’m a good role model for them,” said a modest Daniels, who went to more than a dozen schools as he grew up.
“Dave is great with people,” said Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan, who noted all of his children are excited when they see Daniels outside of Safety Town. “The kids all over town — they love him. He genuninely cares for them.”
Daniels’ father, Jerry, said he believes his son will continue to do the great job he’s been doing and agreed with the mayor that Daniels is “great with kids.”
Tuesday was a family affair. Fulton celebrated his promotion with his father, James Sr., wife Jennifer and their children, Justin and Jordan. Justin has been a full-time Norwalk officer since July 2017. Daniels was there with his wife Jenny, their children Zane, 5; Kylah, 9; Addison, 11; his father Jerry and his stepmother Linda.
“I think without a doubt Jim is one of the hardest workers we have. There were times when we (the city) didn’t have any money and was still in here working. We had to tell him to go home,” said Duncan, who noted Fulton has a love for the community.
Fulton credited starting his law enforcement career to Mike Ruggles, who was the Norwalk police chief from 1992 through 2001. Ruggles spent 31 1/2 years with the department and served as the Monroeville chief for five years.
“I owe a lot to him because he recruited me into law enforcement,” Fulton said.
Ruggles, who attended the swearing-in ceremony, said Fulton is a good officer because he is polite, engaging and a “good, all-around straight arrow” who “has taken it upon himself to go to (various) training.”
“It’s a really good to see how the department has progressed,” Ruggles added.
Dave Light, who retired as the Norwalk chief in mid-February, praised Daniels and Fulton for their attention to detail.
“Jim (was) always steady hand with the detective bureau,” Light said.
Fulton’s promotion to captain leaves a vacant spot in the bureau.
“We definitely are going to fill it,” said Conney, who didn’t have a timeline. “There are a lot of good prospects for the job.”
Fulton said “in order for detectives to be effective, you need good information from the road patrol.”
Conney shared what Fulton brings to the table as the newest captain. The others are Tom Cook, Eric Hipp and Dave Smith.
“Jim has a wealth of knowledge and experience. In addition to that, he’s just extremely dedicated,” Conney said.
Daniels, the chief said, volunteered to be the department DARE officer because of his genuine concern for the future of the community’s children.
“He wants the best for our kids and he wants them to succeed and live healthy, full lives,” Conney added.