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July 4, 2014

Heard Around Town: Five new police officers join the ranks in Peabody

PEABODY — The city’s finest got a handful of new members this week.

Fresh from the academy, Joseph Maroney, Timothy Sullivan, Corey Salvo and Damien Mello began their field training on Monday and were sworn in Thursday by City Clerk Tim Spanos in the mayor’s office. Taryn Brotherton, who transferred in from Ipswich, also started this week and received her official policing powers in Peabody on Thursday. Maroney, Sullivan, Salvo and Mello graduated from the Boylston Police Academy on June 19.

“I think you guys are really the future of the Peabody Police Department,” said Interim Chief Bob St. Pierre, noting the credentials of the new officers were impressive. In fact, Sullivan graduated at the top of his class last month in all categories. He’s the son of retired Peabody officer Brian Sullivan. Maroney joins his father, Sgt. Timothy Maroney, on the force.

“It’s an honor to be a police officer,” said Mayor Ted Bettencourt, noting his father’s long service on the force. “It’s an opportunity to really do something meaningful. I think we all want to do something meaningful in our lives.”

A larger celebration with family members will be held in September, at which time four additional officers who already passed through the academy will be sworn in and a couple of promotions are also expected, according to Bettencourt. Seven new firefighters will be recognized as well.

Training for the summer

Speaking of those new firefighters, they’ll be busy with in-house training for the rest of the summer.

Capt. Ted Quinn, the department’s training and safety officer, says training for the new recruits will range from handling fire hoses and ladders to self-rescue scenarios. The group then heads to the state Fire Academy in September.

Matthew McKinnon, Mark Eliuk, Luke Murdock, John Marotta, Daniel Barrasso, Justin Sauvageau and Sean Dolan were all sworn in June 2 and began their training later that month.

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