Stefan Kochansky has been patrolling the streets of Springettsbury Township for 12 years, and has enjoyed every minute of it.
"He's always right in the thick of things," township Lt. Todd King said, noting patrol officers never know what to expect from one day to another.
"You need to be on your game and know the ins and outs of everything," which is what makes Kochansky so good at what he does, according to the lieutenant.
Kochansky, 34, is still on patrol for Springettsbury Township Police, but now he's supervising the overnight shift.
On July 27, the longtime corporal was promoted to sergeant. But even before that, Kochansky had unofficially taken on the sergeant's duties, King said.
Exciting time: "It's definitely an exciting time for me," Kochansky said. In addition to his promotion, he and his wife, Tara, are busy caring for their first child, a 5-week-old daughter.
He admitted he's not getting much sleep and is trying to readjust to his 10 p.m.-to-6 a.m. work schedule. But that hasn't dampened his enthusiasm for the job.
"I love being out on the streets," he said.
Kochansky was hired in January 2000. For about five years, he also served as the department's range master, in charge of firearms training, King said.
Top officer: "He's one of our top guys -- a high-quality officer," the lieutenant said. "And he's well-respected among the patrol officers."
Raised in Thomasville, Kochansky graduated from Spring Grove Area High School in 1996, then went to York College to study criminal justice, he said.
He was hired by Springettsbury Township Police with one semester to go, Kochansky said.
He finished up his classes on a part-time basis and graduated in 2006.
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