Three members of the Sherman Police Department received promotions Thursday in a ceremony attended by friends, family, elected officials and fellow members of the city’s public safety departments.

Bruce Dawsey was promoted to the rank of assistant chief, Wes Trisler was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and Trevor Stevens was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

“They bring a heart to serve,” Sherman Police Chief Zachary Flores said. “They bring good sense in the decisions that they make and they come with the knowledge that they have a city to take care of.”

Dawsey began his career in law enforcement as a military police officer while in the U.S. Army, before moving on to work with the Houston Police Department before the Sherman Police Department hired him in September 1998.

Prior to serving as a law enforcement officer, Trisler spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He then joined the Gainesville Police Department in 2001 and was hired by SPD in 2002.

Stevens is also a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He has been with the Sherman Police Department for more than 10 years and has served as a field training officer, bike officer, K-9 handler and a member of the department’s Critical Accident Investigation Team.