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Jul 31, 2015 2:21 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Quogue Police Sergeant Retires After 22 Years Of Service

Sergeant Edward Seltenreich worked his last official day for Quogue Village Police before retiring on July 30. AMANDA BERNOCCO
Aug 5, 2015 10:11 AM

Quogue Police Lieutenant Chris Isola was about to break down a door to help rescue a family trapped inside a burning home, when he felt someone tugging at his belt.That someone was Village Police Sergeant Edward Seltenreich, who, like Lt. Isola, had responded to the alarm. But, unlike his superior officer, Sgt. Seltenreich knew that properly equipped firefighters had just arrived on the scene to rescue those inside.

That moment, which took place several years earlier, best exemplifies the type of coworker Sgt. Seltenreich has always been, not only to Lt. Isola, who graduated from Westhampton Beach High School alongside the sergeant in 1983, but to all of his fellow officers in blue.

“He was an asset to us and he will be missed,” Lt. Isola said last Thursday, July 30, which was Sgt. Seltenreich’s last day of work as an officer with the Village Police Department.

Sgt. Seltenreich, a member of the Village Police for the past 22 years, officially retires on August 31 but is using his accumulated vacation time between now and then.

On his last official day on the job, Sgt. Seltenreich—perhaps best identified by his signature mustache—was greeted by a pair of bagpipers and his fellow police officers and superiors who had formed two lines as they prepared to congratulate him.

Several family members and friends, some with black stick-on mustaches affixed to their faces, also were in attendance to wish the outgoing sergeant a happy retirement.

“There are a lot of incredible guys and girls that work there,” said Sgt. Seltenreich, who worked three years for the Southampton Town Police Department before being hired by Quogue Village Police in 1993. “It’s a place that the administration, the police officers, Village Hall—everyone gets along. It’s a really nice place to work.”

Sgt. Seltenreich, 51, was promoted to sergeant in 2006 and, since that time, has been responsible for answering calls, training new officers, filing reports and securing grants for the department.

“He worked well with the other sergeants,” said Quogue Police Chief Robert Coughlan, who was a lieutenant when he helped hire Sgt. Seltenreich more than two decades earlier. “He’s very well-respected. He did a great job during his tenure.”

Though he has no set retirement plans, Sgt. Seltenreich said he intends to spend more time with his wife, Jenn, their two adult children, Briana Gladding and Ronan Seltenreich, and his infant grandson, Cooper.

“We’re really proud of him,” said Ms. Gladding, who is married to Quogue Village Police Officer Alex Gladding, after her father exited Village Police headquarters for the final time last week. “For everyone in the community to know him in such a good way … it’s a really good thing.”

Her brother, meanwhile, intends to continue in his father’s footsteps as he will be entering the Suffolk County Police Academy in September.

“He’s done a lot in the past 24 years here,” Ronan Seltenreich said, referring to his father’s tenure with the Quogue and Southampton Town police departments.

Quogue Police Sergeant Dan Hartman was appointed to his new post on June 1 and, since that time, has been working under and learning from Sgt. Seltenreich.

As for Sgt. Seltenreich, he said he enjoyed his time in Quogue, pointing to the size of the department and the village that it serves.

“It’s much more close-knit,” he said. “You really know the community and people you work with.”

Village Board members, meanwhile, intend to honor the retired sergeant at their next meeting on Friday, August 21.

“He’s not a sit still kind of person,” Lt. Isola said of his longtime friend and coworker. “I’m sure he’s going to … go out and do other things. Hopefully, it’s in a safer environment where he can wear what he wants and it’s more relaxing.”

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and that was it . . .now, he will collect untold tens of thousands per year, plus the best insurance and medical far in excess what many professionals with master's degrees get. PLus he earned about $1 million more than NYC cops who actually SEE action and face danger during the course of their careers. Let us rejoice that moment he ALMOST did something heroic while we pay through the ass for it for next 20 or 30 years! All of us paying taxes in Quogue will be reminded of this hero and his peers ...more
By nazznazz (276), east hampton on Jul 31, 15 9:37 PM
how come you didn't get off your lazy butt and become a cop nazznazz? don't be jealous. you too had a choice in life to choose a good paying job. Don't knock the people that work hard for what they earned. Congratulations Sgt. Eddie!
By Jaws (241), Amity Island on Aug 2, 15 10:51 PM
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Congratulations Ed enjoy your many years of retirement!!!
By shtpd176 (2), Queensbury on Jul 31, 15 9:54 PM
Wow 20 years and a full retirement. I'm starting to think these cops are serving themselves more than the public. This country has no more leaders just sheep.
By chief1 (2718), southampton on Jul 31, 15 10:14 PM
To Nazznazz and Chief1 I was told once that you to could've have taken the civil service test also it's open to all, so you can't complain about the choice you made to make a living and the choice he or they (police officers) made
By Hollywood (86), Westhampton Beach on Jul 31, 15 10:42 PM
haha, I basically said the same thing above to nazznazz before I saw your comment!
By Jaws (241), Amity Island on Aug 2, 15 10:53 PM
The Sgt deserves every dime and every benefit he gets in retirement for a job well done. Thank you for your service to the community.
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Jul 31, 15 11:09 PM
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Thanks Sargent.

Do all these villages really need to have their own PD's? Time to consolidate and get rid of all these little silos...Precinct policing seems to me a better way to go.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Jul 31, 15 11:58 PM
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By vusafoz, alabama on Aug 1, 15 6:32 AM
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By nazznazz (276), east hampton on Aug 1, 15 11:29 PM
Congrats Ed, Don't listen to the BS comments. You've served the community well and deserve a happy and healthy retirement!
By unjustifiedjustice2 (35), Hampton bays on Aug 3, 15 9:40 AM
Agreed!
By metsfan2 (148), southampton on Aug 4, 15 9:02 PM
So the highlight of his career is that he grabbed the belt of another cop and told him the fire dept was here? For 2 million bucks? Thanks officer you really made a difference!!
By PoliticallyIncorrect (45), earth on Aug 5, 15 8:30 AM
Some of the less than congratulatory comments here are just plain rude and sour grapes. Answer honestly - which of you did anything consistently for 22 years - including holding down a job? Just wondering if you are honest with yourselves.
Secondly - It is well known that cops may never return home after a day's work in this gun totting society of ours - how many of you faced that in your jobs? Just wondering how much danger is in your lives - before you cast aspersions on his life of loyalty ...more
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Aug 6, 15 2:26 PM
The article did say Quogue right? Not south Bronx right? Has there ever been a "gun toting citizen" in Quogue?
By CaptainSig (708), Dutch Harbor on Aug 7, 15 7:25 AM
Sure Quoque cops are always using their guns. Quoque is a super dangerous place as you know. Seriously Quoque gives out tickets 24/7 to feed an over bloated police department let's cut the bs. The state pension fund is in bad shape and the fund is related 47 out of 50 states. Maybe you should be honest, and guess who is paying for this nonsense.
By chief1 (2718), southampton on Aug 6, 15 2:38 PM
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What other job gives these kinds of benefits? None !!!
When most of the country has to go to school for "many" years, come out without a job, tons of college debt, Civil "Servants" or are they more like "Civil Kings" that end of with a guaranteed pension for the next 1/4 of a century...
and those of us without Pensions, etc, etc are paying for them... MAKES NO Sense.....
Sounds like "Socialism" works... isn't that what this is....
Oh by the way..he now will take another job affording ...more
By carlos bonita (3), east hampton on Aug 7, 15 8:59 AM