Daniel Louis Giro, 78, Framingham’s First Black Police Officer, Air Force Veteran

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FRAMINGHAM – Daniel Louis Giro, 78, of Oriental NC passed away on January 9 2021.

He was born in Framingham on November 14 1942 to Dan and Mildred Giro.  

He graduated from Mass Bay College in 1983 with an Associate’s degree in Science. He then proceeded to serve in the US Airforce from 1965 – 1967, before joining the Framingham Police department. He retired after 31 years with the police department after proudly serving as the first black police officer, the first mounted officer, and the first black motorcycle officer in Framingham.

After retirement, Dan continued to serve his community, and received a leadership award for the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse, EMS certification, and served as a Royal Rangers Commander in his hometown of Framingham

Upon retirement in 1999, he became the director of the Pelham MA Recreational Center, where he ran the after school program for 10 years. 

After moving to North Carolina in 2008, Dan and his wife Florence joined Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Arapaho, NC where he served as a Deacon from 2011 – 2020. Dan and Flo later joined Motion Church where they were members until Dan’s death. Dan also served as the president of the Oriental Rotary Club from 2019 – 2020. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Florence Giro, his sister Alice Giro,  9 children –  Dan Jr, Craig, Michelle, Paul, Joshua David, Siimoi, Rachel, and Lemaiyan, 25 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.  

His funeral service will be at 11a on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at Oscars Mortuary Inc in  New Bern with burial to follow at the Coastal Carolina Veteran’s Cemetery, with US Airforce honors in Jacksonville NC. 

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