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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 10, 2013 by Takinga-Riide on-00e Thin Blue Line Well, for over 27 years I have been a special state police officer for the Massa- chusetts Department of Mental Health. I have called it jokingly a delayed voca- tion. Since I didn't put a po- lice uniform on until I was 37 years old. When I was younger and in college, the last thing I wanted to be was a cop. I grew up in the '50s and '60s in Boston's South End and lower Roxbury and and was completely surpris- ing even for me. Over the years, I have in- teracted with a number of police officers from a num- ber of different police agen- cies. I often worked with the Massachusetts State Police in the course of my job. I have worked with various munici- pal police departments and county sheriffs too. I watched with pride how a multitude of law enforce- watched lots of my friends[ment agencies worked as a get into trouble every so I,,. unit in the recent manhunt often with the law. The last thing I wanted was to be on the radar of Station 4. My brother and I survived those sometimes mean city streets. I can remember, though, my mother knew a cop from Charlestown back when she was younger. She and his wife grew up as kids over in Charlestown. Whenever my mother went into tow and had us with her, she often stopped at the corner of Stuart and Tremont Streets to say hi to the traffic cop, Fran Johnson, who owned this traffic intersection. He was a real nice guy and very much Charlestown. I remember what happened on St. Patrick's Day in 1969 when he walked down Tremont Street to take a leak inside the Irish Tam and got dead real quick when a robber was running out the door. Officer Fran Johnson never had a chance to even reach for his fire- ann. Whenever, I pass by the Area-I police station across from the Kennedy Building, I stop and reflect on a plaque in Officer Johnson's honor. Eventually back in 1985 after six years working on an acute in-patient DMH ward, I decided that being a police officer wasn't such a bad idea and I wondered what some of my boyhood friends might think of me wearing a badge. I went to the police academy and started out in the field at an older age and still managed to take out over 27 years in law enforcement. This new job worked out well for me. I enjoyed my role in public safety and never took myself too seriously. When someone asked me when I thought of becoming a police officer, it really came late for Terrorist Number 2, find- ing him in Watertown. I was proud of their teamwork and would have expected nothing less. I was also proud of the way police officers have been treated with so much respect since the marathon bombing back on April 15 th. However, I was saddened to see young 26-year-old MIT Police Officer Sean Collier gunned down without a chance much like my mother's childhood friend Franny Johnson. I have finished my career with only a few minor scraps compared to so many other police officers. I have kept my sanity, my sense of hu- mor, my hair and my per- spective of life and along the way I actually went from be- ing chubby to being quite fit. Yes, I am older but yet so wiser. I may never wear a blue police uniform again but being a police officer will always be a part of who I am. I took pride in who I was and the role I played in society. I made the right decision back in October 1985. Finally, I was lucky. I sur- vived a few moments that scared the heck out of me but always remembered my mother's "Irish-ness." She believed we all had our time. I'm glad my time hasn't come yet. My object is never to retire from life. I will remain Sal and everything that means. I am going to. enjoy the next phase of my life and live it fully as I always have tried to do. For all those people worried I am retiring from writing. Don't worry, be happy. I have no intention of not continu- ing my writing. I was a writer long before I was a cop and I will continue being so. f NOBILE INSURANCE ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Financial and Estate Planning Email Phone 617-320-0022 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU m nobile @ nobileinsu BOSTON 30 Prince Stredc Boston, MA 021t3 (617) 523-6766 Fax (617) 523-0078 MEDFORD 39 Salem Street Medford, MA 02155 (781) 395-4200 Fax (781) 391-8493 J "The Field of Dreams" Wiffie Ball Tournament/Fundraiser The Boston Field of Dreams will be host- says, and much more. We also have food and ing their fourth annual "Field of Dreams" music, and everyone receives a t-shirt. In Wiffle Ball Tournament and Fundraiser three years it has been a lot of fun, as well on May 11, 2013 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm as raised $142,500. 100% of the money at the Boston Athletic Club, 653 Summer Street, South Boston. All money raised will be donated to the Joslin Diabetes Center, in their mission to find a cure for diabetes. Paul Fitzgerald organized "The Field of Dreams" Wiffle Ball Tournament/ Fundraiser three years ago, after his eight-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type one diabetes. This daylong event con- sists of a children's tournament in the morning, and an adult tournament in the afternoon. There are all kinds of activities for the kids including pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, K-9 demonstration, Simon raised has been donated both to the JDRF and Joslin Diabetes Center, toward research for a cure to Diabetes. Please consider making a financial dona- tion, or any kind donation that can be used in an auction or raffle, to help us raise money for this extremely worthy cause. Your donation is tax deductible, and your generos- ity will help the Joslin Diabetes Center to continue to improve the quality of life for our children. For further information on the event. please visit our website fieldofdreams * Michael R Flaherty (Continued from Page 2) communities. Having that kind of experience on the city council will be more neces- sary next year than ever, and I look forward to work- ing with the new mayor on the challenges and op- portunities we face as a city." Flaherty said cooperation and hard work will be the keys to making a better fu- ture for Boston. "I believe the next mayor and city council will need to work together as a team in order to make our city the very best it can be. As an experienced member of that team, I will work hard to make certain city govern- ment is listening to and working for the people of Boston," he said. "Although we face numer- ous challenges -- a public school system that must perform better, streets that must be made safer, more responsible develop- ment and fiscal obligations that will require hard choices in order to ensure our economic well-being -- Boston is still a fundamen- tally strong and prosperous city," Flaherty said. "But the fact is we can do better, and City Hall has to do more. Our next mayor and city council must ad- dress the root causes of the most serious challenges fac- ing Boston. An epidemic of substance abuse and a lack of economic opportunities for our young people. The wide availability of drugs and the need for more and bet- ter substance abuse treat- ment programs. And not enough living-wage jobs to meet demand, particularly during the summer school vacation months. These are the difficult problems that conspire to fuel a recurrent cycle of violence and hope- lessness for too many." Law enforcement alone is not enough, Flaherty contin- ued. "Our police and other first responders do a tre- mendous job and have our thanks and appreciation. But I have always said that we cannot hope to simply arrest our way out of these prob- lems. The time to develop and implement creative and long-lasting solutions is now," he said. "With the right leadership in place and fol- lowing on the many success- ful strategies developed un- der Mayor Menino, I am con- fident we can succeed and can continue to move along a path of progress towards a better and brighter future. And I want to help lead that effort." L'Anno Bello (Continued from Page 1) every afternoon, instilling the love of cooking that I still carry with me to this day. Born to Italian parents but raised in Venezuela, my mother ensured that my brother and I learned both Spanish and Italian, grant- ing my deep appreciation of culture. To this day, my mother always makes time to watch funny movies with me, ask me about my day, teach me cooking tech- niques and read with me. My mother taught me to be con- fident, worry less, stop com- paring myself to others and -- gulp -- quit procrastinat- ing. If I have children some- day, I want to be as selfless and loving towards them as my mother is to me. This Sunday, May 12 th, is Mother's Day. May is a won- derful time to celebrate a feast of mothers, as this is the month of the Earth Mother in pagan rites, the Virgin Mary in Christianity, and of new life blossoming all around. I know that I will set apart this day to ensure my mother feels extra-special. However, we should not use Mother's Day as an excuse to only devote one day of the year to our moms. Every day is Mother's Day, because a mother's love never stops. I try to live by my mother's example every second, every minute, and every day of the year. My mother is afraid that once I get married, I will cease to want her in my life. Morn, nothing could be far- ther from the truth. You were, are and always will be my rock, my stability, my source of endless wisdom. Abandoning you from my life is tantamount to cutting out my own heart. Mom, I love you and will always need you. Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful mother, and to all the mothers out there! 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