It was a day of recognition for members of the Bethlehem police and fire departments.

Mayor Bob Donchez held a joint promotion ceremony in city council chambers Thursday morning.

Dep. Chief Robert Novatnack was officially promoted to fire chief and Asst. Chief Craig Baer was promoted to deputy chief.

Two other firefighters were promoted along with three police officers.

A dozen new firefighters were sworn in, and there are now six new police officers on the force.