FRAMINGHAM – James Golden and Zachary Devlin became friends in kindergarten at Brophy Elementary School.
Yesterday, the two were sworn in, along with four others, as new police officers with the City of Framingham
The addition of 6 new police officers Friday, means a dozen new officers have been added to the Framingham Police Department since summer’s end.
City Clerk Lisa Ferguson administered the oath of office to Devlin, Golden, Brendan MacKeil, Derek Grout, Peter Lu, and Roberto Franco.
Franco and Grout both served with the Framingham Auxiliary Police, before becoming members of the Framingham Police Department.
And Mackeil, like Golden and Devlin, was born and raised in Framingham.
Born in Brazil, Franco has been a resident of Framingham for almost 2 decades. He was a full-time dispatcher with the Ashland Police Department, before becoming a Framingham Police Officer. He was a citizen volunteer with the Framingham Auxiliary Police for four years.
Officer Franco is fluent in three languages – English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Being able to communicate in both Portuguese and Spanish in a City such as Framingham with its diverse population will be a benefit to him and the department, said Franco. He said he was looking forward to interacting with the citizens of Framingham to make it a better and safer place to live.
His wife Josianne pinned on his badge during yesterday morning’s ceremony at Nevins Hall in the Memorial Building. Their daughters Ellen and Isabella joined the ceremony.
Born and raised in Framingham, Officer Devlin graduated from Westfield State University in 2018.
During the summer of 2016, Devlin interned with Framingham
Downtown Renaissance, now Downtown Framingham Inc., and worked with Framingham Police officers assigned downtown.
“I wanted to become a police officer for the city where I was born and raised. It would be a privilege and honor to protect and serve this diverse community. I will carry out the job with honor and integrity,” said Officer Devlin.
His mom Dianne pinned on his badge yesterday.
Born and raised in Framingham, Officer Golden is a 2018 graduate of Norwich University with a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice.
For the past two summers, Golden worked as a reserve officer in Old Orchard Beach in Maine.
Golden’s mom Nancy, a teacher at McCarthy Elementary School, pinned his badge on him during the ceremony. Golden’s dad Jim and his siblings also attended the ceremony.
Officer Grout is a 2014 graduate of Westfield State University with a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Officer Grout has volunteered with the Framingham Auxiliary Police
Department, He also has been employed with the Framingham Department
of Public Works.
” Being a police officer is more than a job to me, it is a calling, said Officer Grout, who wants to “give back to the community and have a positive influence on people.”
His girlfriend Rachel Dobinski pinned his badge on him during the ceremony.
Officer Lu is a 2018 graduate of Northeastern University with a
bachelor’s degree in computer science and criminal justice.
Lu served with the United States Marine Corp reserve unit out of Londonderry, NH.
“Police work can be extremely rewarding, I find myself drawn to helping and protecting people,” said Officer Lu, whoa dded he “feels he brings responsibility, integrity and service to the Framingham Police.”
Tyler Lu, Officer Lu’s brother pinned his badge on him.
Born and raised in Framingham, Officer MacKeil is a 2011
graduate of Framingham High School. He is currently working on
his degree in criminal justice.
MacKeil worked as a public safety dispatcher for the Town of Sudbury prior to joining the Framingham Police Department.
“Ever since I was 5 years old I wanted to be a police officer and follow in my grandfathers footsteps,” said Officer MacKeil, who said a police officers must possess the qualities of “integrity, compassion and good judgement.”
Retired Massachusetts State Police Lieutenant George Shea, MacKeil’s grandfather, pinned his badge on him.
All of the new officers graduated from the police academy, but will undergo 12-weeks of training in Framingham before they will be given their own shift with a cruiser. During the next 12 weeks, each will be paired with a veteran police officers.
Attending the ceremony yesterday were Mayor Yvonne Spicer, Police Chief Steven Trask, City Council Chair Dennis Giombetti, Chief Operating Officer Thatcher Kezer III, Deputy Chief Lester Baker, Deputy Chief Ron Brandolini, Deputy Chief Victor Pereira, Sgt Sean Riley, who was master of ceremonies, and many members of the Framingham Police Department.
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