By SALLY SEXTON
In a step toward possibly gaining state recognition, officers of American Legion Post 163 recognized Weatherford Police Officer William T. Bramow as the 2013 American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Bramow, who has been with WPD for about three years, was nominated by Weatherford Police Chief Mike Manning for [his honor, duty, integrity, excellent decision making and intelligence.]
Prior to joining law enforcement, Bramow spent four years in the United States Marine Corps. After graduating from boot camp and attending the School of Infantry in Camp Pendleton, in California, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion 4th Marines Lima Company 2nd Platoon. In September of 2006, Bramow was deployed to the Al Anbar Province of Iraq and conducted combat operations in multiple cities throughout the region. During that period, he was promoted to team leader and completed the Tactical Small Unit Leaders Course.
In 2008, Bramow was again deployed to Al Anbar, where he conducted combat operations as the team leader. He later returned to the U.S. and was assigned to 29 Palms, Calif., where he trained new team leaders and Marines in weapon operations, radio operations and patrol tactics in an urban environment.
After ending his active duty in September of 2009, Bramow enrolled in the Tarrant County College Police Academy in March of 2010.
During his law enforcement career, Bramow has gained several commendations, including Most Distinguished Recruit (Tarrant County College Police Academy 2010), Rookie of the Year (Weatherford Police Department 2011), Night Patrol Officer of the Year (Weatherford Police Department, 2012), and Officer of the Year (Weatherford Police Department, 2013).
“Officer Bramow epitomizes the characteristic traits of honor, duty and integrity. He believes in doing the right thing and doing things right,” Manning wrote. “He is a leader among his peers with his strong work ethic, tactical mindset and attentiveness to officer safety. His positive attitude and his humorous demeanor is contagious among his peers.”
The legion will now present a request for Bramow’s recognition to the district level. If approved, Bramow would then be considered for Officer of the Year at the state level.