A longtime police sergeant retired Tuesday, and two others were promoted during ceremonies in the commission chambers at City Hall.
Ardmore Police Chief Ken Grace lauded Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt for his dedication to the department and the citizens of Ardmore for the past 17 years. Calling the veteran officer a “cop’s cop,” the chief described Hunnicutt “as proactive in his duties” and an officer who consistently demonstrated his strong belief in the law enforcement service.
Grace presented Hunnicutt with his duty sidearm, a retired sergeant’s commission card and a retired sergeant’s badge as mementos of his service. City Commissioner Sheryl Ellis also presented Hunnicutt with a plaque citing the city’s appreciation of his service.
Hunnicutt has served in the patrol, criminal investigations and administration divisions, and obtained advanced CLEET certification during his APD career. A founding member of the department’s SWAT team, Hunnicutt was a CLEET instructor at the APD, and the department’s lead firearms instructor.
Although a medical issue forced Hunnicutt’s early retirement, he said he did not regret a moment of his career.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to work for and serve the citizens of Ardmore,” Hunnicutt said. “I absolutely loved my job, and while an injury shorten the time I spent at the APD, I’m still looking for ways to contribute to my community.”
Hunnicutt also said he was looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Julie, and their three children, Mickey, Mary and Emily.
Grace also promoted Officer Juan Galicia and Officer Eric Pfrehm to the rank of corporal. The chief praised both men for their outstanding efforts and performance throughout the process that led to achieving the rank.
“I’m extremely proud to promote both of these officers,” Grace said. “Their dedication to duty is to be admired, and they both consistently demonstrate not only the willingness but the ability to go above and beyond. They represent the heart and soul of the APD.”
Galicia is a 2006 graduate of Ardmore High School, where he participated in cross country and track. He joined the APD in 2009, and obtained CLEET certification the same year. Assigned to the patrol division since becoming an APD officer, Galicia is a member of the SWAT team, and serves as a field training officer and defensive tactics instructor.
Galicia says his top priorities as a corporal will be “to continue to do what I’ve been doing as an FTO and training our new recruits, who are the future of the department.”
Calling his promotion an opportunity “to continue learning myself,” he said he remains committed to the patrol division, adding, “I love working the streets.” However, he admitted he is also “developing an interest” in the criminal investigations division.
His future goals are to continue rising through the ranks.
Galicia and his wife, Kaeli, are the parents of a toddler daughter, Kambri.
A graduate of East Central University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts with honors in criminal justice and a minor in legal studies, Pfrehm graduated from the Oklahoma City Police Academy in 2006 with the physical fitness award for achieving the highest score on the final fitness exam. He joined the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office the following year, where he served until relocating to Ardmore in 2009 with his wife, Carrie. Pfrehm serves the APD in the patrol division, where he is an FTO and also serves as SWAT team operator. In his spare time, he volunteers in the children’s department at First Baptist Church.
Pfrehm and his wife are the parents of two daughters, Emma and Caitlyn.
He said his first goal as a corporal will be to continue in his role as an FTO.
“I enjoy showing younger officers the roles they will play as they move out of the training program,” he said. “I’m also going to be preparing to advance my own career, and I’ll work to help the department in its push forward into the future.”