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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham swore in four new police officers today, December 14.

The ceremony in Nevins Hall in the Memorial Building was private.

Neither the City Council, the media, or the public was invited.

Mayor Yvonne Spicer did attend along with Chief Lester Baker, and his deputy chiefs. A few family members were allowed to attend

Sworn in was 2011 Framingham High graduate Julia Volk, 2015 Framingham High graduate Timothy Tierney, 2019 Framingham State graduate Zachary Walker, and 2014 Framingham High graduate Luis Telles.

Officer Tierney is a 2015 graduate of Framingham High School. Officer Tierney graduated in June 2020 from Assumption College with a
Bachelor’s Degree, and is enrolled to start pursuing his Masters Degree from Assumption. Prior to joining the Framingham Police, Officer Tierney
Interned with the ATF, Worcester Police, and the Massachusetts State Police.

When asked why he wanted to be a police officer, Officer Tierney stated, “I would become a 3rd generation Framingham Police Officer, following in
the footsteps of my grandfather who served 40 years, and mother, Kathy McGrath who has been serving with the police for over 30 years. As well
as my father who served 30 plus years with the Framingham Fire Department.” he stated, “It is my destiny to become a Framingham
Police Officer, and I feel I owe it to the City of Framingham to serve the community”.

Officer Tierney was appointed a squad leader, and moved up to platoon leader in the academy. Officer Tierney also graduated 4th in his class in
academic standing. He was pinned during today’s ceremony by his mother Officer Kathy McGrath.

Officer Volk is a 2011 graduate of Framingham High School. Officer Volk graduated from Dean College with her Associates Degree in Health
Science in 2013, and her Bachelors of Science Degree from Salem State University in 2016. Prior to joining the Framingham Police, Julie worked
as a leasing / property management agent, as well as worked for the family business, Padaria Brasil Bakery.

“I have been searching for a fulfilling career that will both, challenge me and represent my morals and values. I have always felt a moral obligation
to help, protect, and serve others. I was born and raised in Framingham and saw how this community allowed my family the opportunity to
flourish in this country. I cannot think of a more rewarding career,” said Officer Volk.

Officer Volk was first appointed a squad leader in the academy, and was eventually appointed as the class leader.

She was pinned today, by her father Troy Volk.

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Officer Walker is a 2019 graduate of Framingham State University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminology. Officer Walker also serves with the US
Army National Guard as a Military Police Officer at the rank of Specialist. Officer Walker has been activated in support of Operations at Logan
International Airport, as well as support with COVID Mobile Hospitals in Boston in the Spring, providing security.

“Since I was a child, I have always wanted to be a Police Officer. To me, a police officer symbolizes, safety, structure, community, and pride. I want
to protect the values and ensure the safety of the community,” said Officer Walker.

Officer Walker was also appointed a squad leader during the academy and graduated with a distinction of scoring in the 80th percentile in the PT

Officer Walker was pinned by his father Harry Walker.

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Officer Telles is a 2014 graduate of Framingham High School, and a 2020 graduate of UMass Lowell with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Prior to starting with the Framingham Police, Officer Telles worked as a security officer with G4S Solutions assigned to the Metro West Medical

When asked why he wanted to be a police officer, Officer Telles said “Attending Mass Bay College after High School opened my eyes to law
enforcement. Being born and raised in Framingham allowed me to see how I, as a police officer can be a role model to others. I continued my
education at UMass Lowell with the goal of becoming a Framingham Police Officer.”

Officer Telles was also assigned as a squad leader, as well awarded the distinction of scoring in the 80th percentile for the PT Assessment.

Officer Telles was pinned by his father Jesus Telles.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.