The Salvation Army Commanders for Niagara Falls have been promoted to the rank of major.
Falls Salvation Army Captains Delia and Stephen Carroll were formally promoted during a ceremony featuring majors Ivan and Christine Rock, divisional commanders of the Empire State Division of the Salvation Army.
“We see this a mile-marker on what has already been an incredible journey," Steve said. “I still remember how I felt when we were accepted to the Salvation Army Training College and when we walked across the stage two years later.”
The rank of ‘major’ is conferred after 15 years of exemplary service with recommendation of an officer’s command head. In the case of the Carrolls, majors Rock personally made the journey from Syracuse to promote them during the Falls Salvation Army's weekly church service.
In addition to the Carroll’s promotion, a grandmother, Michele Flores, and her granddaughter, Freya Flores, became lay members of the Salvation Army on Sunday.
“I’m more excited that we are going to enroll a senior and junior soldier in the same service," said Delia Caroll.
The Carrolls have strong family ties to Niagara Falls and its local Salvation Army. They signed up for full-time service as officers shortly after serving with the Christian organization at Ground Zero during the first days and hours of the 9/11 tragedy. They have been serving at this location for three years and say they look forward to continued service in the community.