John Alex

Capt. John Alex, who is retiring after 41 years on the force, waves as the motorized parade passes by in front of the Swampscott Police Station on Wednesday afternoon.

SWAMPSCOTT — Police Capt. John Alex, the senior member of the Swampscott Police Department, was honored with a social distancing parade for his retirement Wednesday after a 41-year career on the force.

The rest of the department put on the motorized tribute that afternoon, starting behind the football field on Humphrey Street and carrying on through the parking lot at the station.

Alex, who turns 65 on Thursday, helped the department receive state certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission in 2016.

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