Somerville Auxiliary Police provide support at Boston Marathon

On April 21, 2012, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Fifteen members of the Somerville Auxiliary Police participated in the massive public safety effort in support of the annual running of the Boston Marathon.  For the tenth year, the Auxiliary Officers were requested by the Hopkinton Police Department to assist with security and safety efforts at and around the starting line.  These volunteer officers worked from 5:30 a.m. until noon in support of the public safety efforts.  In addition to providing security, the officers help to keep the runners on course at the start of the race.

Members of the Auxiliary Police volunteer their time representing the City of Somerville at many public events in Somerville each year.  They also assist other communities at public events upon special request.


1 Response » to “Somerville Auxiliary Police provide support at Boston Marathon”

  1. j. connelly says:

    Both the Auxiliary Police and Auxiliary Fire Departments have been around since WWII assisting and aiding the citizens & businesses of Somerville. They do tremendous work by assisting the regular Fire & Police departments.

    Unfortunately today with families working 2 or more jobs to survive in this troubled economy the rosters of both departments are down. In the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, the numbers of members in the departments would be 35 – 40.
    Unfortunately those numbers are much less today.

    Somerville is lucky to have both these departments. The Auxiliary Police assist the regular department in the protection of the Public Bldgs, incidents involving Traffic control, etc. The Auxiliary Fire assists the regular department with lighting at fire scenes (also aiding the police at times when this service is needed). They pump out residential homes whose cellars have flooded, so the residents can get their heat, etc. Both departments train constantly & on some weekends went to the state training facilities for additional training.

    For decades the Auxiliary firefighter had to purchase their own firefighting gear (back then the coat, boots, helmet, gloves, each member spent about $450.00 out of their own pockets for this gear).
    Finally when Mayor Brune came into office the city started to provide the gear.

    Some of the members of the Auxiliaries took the civil service exams and moved on to become career police officers and firefighters for the city.
    Some became career command officers on both departments, including some to the the position of Chief of the Fire Department.

    I proudly served on the Somerville Auxiliary Fire Dept. for about 30 years.
    I started on the fire ambulance, then the Lighting Plant, then the Engine Co #9. In the 70’s I became a career firefighter on another department but remained active on the Auxiliary as I appreciated the fact that all of their training, etc. over the years enhanced my work as a career firefighter.

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