FRAMINGHAM – Framingham City Clerk Lisa Ferguson administered the oath of office to the City’s newest police officers on Monday morning, November 1.
The three new officers recently graduated from the Lowell Police Academy said Framingham Police Chief Lester Baker.
They include a Marian High, a Framingham High, and a Charlestown High graduates.
The small swearing in ceremony was held in the Ablondi room in the Memorial Building, and was attended by police, the new officers’ family, Mayor Yvonne Spicer, and Chief Operating Officer Thatcher Kezer III.
Officer Reece Black is a 2011 graduate of Framingham High School.
Before becoming a Framingham Police Officer, Officer Black was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army where he served honorably for 8 years.
“After serving in the military and being away from home for the past 8 years, I want to be able to proudly serve the community that I called home for many years and I want to continue putting on a uniform every day that makes me a part of a team that stands for something bigger than myself,” said Officer Black on why he wanted to be a police officers.
His mom Marci Black pinned his badge during the ceremony.
Officer Alfonso Manzueta is a 2002 graduate of Charlestown High School. Before becoming a Framingham Police Officer, he worked for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department for 8 years.
Officer Manzueta said he wanted “to give back to the community in which my children will be raised in and be a positive role model for them and the youth that look like me. I want to encourage them to trust the police and inspire them to pursue a career in law enforcement.”
His wife Samantha Manzueta pinned his badge during the ceremony.
Officer Aldo Cortez is a 2014 graduate of Marian High School. Officer Cortez also graduated from Worcester State University in 2018 with a Bachelors’ degree in Criminal Justice.
“I have lived in Framingham my whole life, I have seen the city go through many changes and
grow over the years. I want to continue to keep this community safe and thrive in a positive environment. Working as a police officer will put me in a great position to help others and make a difference in the community,” said Officer Cortez.
His mother Myrna Cortez pinned his badge during the ceremony.
“I will do everything Mrs. Cortez to take care of your boy,” said Chief Baker during the ceremony. :I have two families. I have my family and then I have 140 men and women that are just as important as my own children. I do everything I can to take care of them. I advocate for them.”
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