SHAMOKIN - A retired police department veteran, a newly promoted corporal and three other police officers were honored Monday by the mayor and city council.

Cpl. Darwin Tobias III and Patrolman Scott Weaver were each presented proclamations for their actions at an arson fire in the 600 block of East Sunbury Street Jan. 28.

Tobias and Weaver were the first to arrive on scene of the fire. Their work helped lead to the arrest several hours later of James L. Neidlinger Jr., 21, of Shamokin, who remains jailed in county prison on arson and related charges.

Patrolman Nathan Rhodes was issued a proclamation for being named Officer of the Year by the county court.

Jarrod Scandle was promoted from patrolman to corporal upon successfully passing the corporal's test. After taking the pledge from Mayor George Rozinskie, his 7-year-old daughter, Madalynn, pinned his corporal's badge to his chest.

John Brown, the 20-year department veteran who retired in October, was issued a proclamation for his service to Shamokin. Brown retired as a corporal and had served a stint as the department's police chief.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, was dedicated by the city to both Brown and Scandle.