Danvers residents have also shown support of their own town’s firefighters with letters and good wishes. Teachers at Holten Richmond Middle School wanted to send over lunch to firefighters last week after the tragedy, McPherson said.
The Danvers Police Department lent its support to Watertown police with Walsh’s wake and funeral. Officers Dana Michael Hagan and Michael Balsley were scheduled to be on duty in Watertown.
FinCom member steps down
Former selectman and present health board member Martha Swindell stepped down from the Finance Committee recently, before budget season got into high gear. (The Finance Committee budget hearing is scheduled to start April 14.) She had served on the financial oversight board since 2009. She also had a stint on the board in the 1990s. The town moderator appoints members of the Finance Committee, by the way.
Now he has time to ride
Not many people can say they have spent four decades working for one employer, let alone the town, but Phil Hebert can. Last week, well-wishers threw him a retirement party at Danversport Yacht Club, as the Department of Public Works equipment division supervisor retired after 42 years on the job, Town Manager Wayne Marquis said.
Hebert worked for a time in maintenance at former Hunt Hospital. He worked for much of his career in the DPW’s equipment division, the last 12 overseeing its fleet. DPW Director David Lane acted as the emcee for the retirement party.
What will Hebert be doing in his spare time? Marquis said he will probably enjoy riding and maintaining his Harley-Davidson.
Jazz sax player returns to his roots
Jazz saxophonist Mike Tucker of Beverly, who grew up Danvers, is returning to Onion Town. Tucker, who has made a name for himself internationally on the jazz scene, will play a concert in town on April 12. A Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory graduate, Tucker is scheduled to play at Maple Street Congregational Church at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature Mike Tucker Organ Trio + 1 with Warren Wolf and The Jazz Project All Star Band.