Ramon Diaz Jr. joined the Delaware City Police Department as an officer 11 years ago, but his service has been interrupted twice when he left the city to serve his country as an Army reservist.

Ramon Diaz Jr. joined the Delaware City Police Department as an officer 11 years ago, but his service has been interrupted twice when he left the city to serve his country as an Army reservist.

Last week, the police sergeant was honored by Delaware City Council after returning from his second tour overseas, this one in Afghanistan as a member of the U.S. Army Bravo Company, Second Battalion 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

His first tour, in 2006, was in Iraq.

"Sgt. Diaz typifies the servant leader who is just there to do his job ... indifferent to recognition," said Delaware police chief Russ Martin. "What he cares about is serving his country, and we are fortunate he serves our community. He is the kind of men and women that we want on our streets as the first line of defense.

"One of my proudest moments as chief was to promote Ramon Diaz to sergeant" despite knowing he would be gone for lengths of time serving his country, Martin said.

"We determined that the leadership, the skills that he has learned from the military, his work ethic and the person he is, is worth the time away. When he comes back he's that much of a better sergeant for us."

Diaz told council he was humbled by the recognition.

"It is an honor to serve my country and the Delaware Police Department," he said.

He also recognized his wife Lorrie for "handling the day-to-day things for our daughters and keeping everything running smoothly. She had the hard job."