Sharon P. O. Square, 1922, parade.
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Sharon P. O. Square, 1922, parade.
This beautiful painting is powerful in it's message. It was painted by well known artist, Daniel Michael Canavan, in 1973, for the cover of "American Opinion Magazine". Daniel Canavan, a WWII combat veteran, was a professional artist and painted covers for the American Opinion Magazine for over twenty years. He was born in 1924 and died in 2011 in Augusta, Maine.
This painting is now on display at the Sharon Police and Fire Museum.
A look back at Sharon P.D.'s finest, 1970's!
Sharon Advocate, Page 1, March 17, 1913: "POLICE CAPTURED HOLD-UP MEN"
Massachusetts Environmental Police group photo, 1970's/80's? Not sure but great photo, on display at the museum!
Mansfield Police Force 1909!
(On display at the museum.)
Rest In Peace American hero.
A sad scene in Farmington, Maine where first responders gathered to pay their respects for Captain Michael Bell as his body was escorted back to his hometown yesterday. He was killed in a gas explosion that leveled a building Monday morning. Thank you for your service, Captain Bell. Our hearts are with his family and the entire Farmington community. boston25.com/2LVn4Ow
Sharon Police Detective Sergeant Harold ("Hap") Donovan on right & Detective Patrolman J. J. McGrath on left, 1990. Hap was the very best! There was no one in Sharon that didn't know him. He helped out so many residents, kids, families and always above and beyond his duties patrolling the streets of Sharon. He's been gone awhile now, but always remembered. Semper Fi.
May 16, 1973: Sharon Patrolman Stephen Metrick, Sharon P.D.'s Safety Officer, with six Safety Patrol Representatives from the Sharon Intermediate School (Wilbur School), on their way to Washington DC. Students: Paul Fleming, David Golberg, Howard Barron, Janet Gulla, Sheila Sloan and Sharon Keane.
Photo #1: Sharon Patrolman Robert McGrath in the 1970's. First McGrath to served on the Sharon Police Department.
Photo #2: On left; Sharon Special Police Patrolman J. J. McGrath with brother, Sharon Police Patrolman William McGrath, on his graduation day from the police academy in 1985.
New York City Police. A few items in our collection and displayed at the museum.
P. O. Square in Sharon, Patrolman Mann directing traffic at accident scene. Police cruiser is a 1977 Pontiac Lemans.
Fall River Fire Museum
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October, 1991, at the dedication of the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington DC. I was there to represent Sharon Police Auxiliary Patrolman Stratford Allen's family, the Sharon Police Department and the citizens of Sharon. Patrolman Allen's name is inscribed on the beautiful wall to honor and remember his line of duty death on July 6, 1966.
Found this framed print of a Boston Fire Department boat in a small shop in Rhode Island. Now, it's at the museum!
Sharon P. O. Square, police cruiser in the designated police parking spot in front of the Sharon Cooperative Bank, corner of South Main Street and Depot Street, 1976.
Notice there is no traffic light then, just the small island divider in the center.
July 2, 1920 Boston Globe article. Sharon Police Chief James McTiernan was originally a Boston Firefighter (photo attached) starting in 1900. He became Sharon Police Chief June 26, 1919 and served until December 31, 1920. He was a tall, rugged Irishman and was involved in a shootout with "bandits" in Sharon during his service. He returned to firefighting in Boston after his service as chief in Sharon and retired there years later with a disability.
Okay, old fart Sharonites!! Who remembers the awesome blast of the fire horns from the top of the old fire station? I bet I know what you waited to hear early morning on a school day when it was snowing overnight! Oh, yes I do! Remember how exciting it was when you heard the horns start blasting and you counted with your heart in your throat, hoping and praying it would blast 7 - 3 - 3, and then it did?!!!!
When the old fire station came down I requested the horns be saved. Thanks SFD Chief Wright! They are presently on display at the Museum along side the 1800's Gamewell mechanism utilized to make those magic horns do their thing!
U.S. Senator Martha McSally
Today, we pay tribute to the lives of the 19 brave firefighters and hotshots who lost their lives fighting the Yarnell Fire six years ago. These heroes put their lives on the line to protect others—and for that, we are very grateful.
This Sharon Fire Department Hook & Ladder #1 badge is, I believe, the oldest badge existing for SFD, dating to the late 1800's. It is on display at the Sharon Police & Fire Museum courtesy of the Litttlefield family.
I had wonderful French guests at the museum a couple of weeks ago and they were bearing gifts! Gendarmerie Major Eric Durieux-Trouilleton and his lovely wife, Francoise, were here for their second visit. Last year they toured the museum, and then to my surprise, Eric donated his awesome police motorcycle helmet. This visit I was prepared with my own gifts to exchange. They donated two additional uniform hats, a beautiful commemorative medal and a book about the Gendarmerie., French National Police. I gave them a vintage Sheriff's Department motorcycle helmet with patch and badge to match. It was a great time comparing our experiences in our law enforcement careers! They are fabulous people and I was so happy to meet them and look forward to seeing them again, next time in France, oui?
Sharon Police Patrolman Russ Mann. The Clint Eastwood of the SPD! U. S. Air Force Security Police veteran, civilian pilot, Police Prosecutor and absolute outstanding officer and awesome guy! We all looked up to him as the perfect example of what a cop should be.
A nice farewell.
From Chief Bill McGrath:
Farewell Lt. Tom Maduskuie
On this cold, crisp day, under bright blue skies, friends, family and colleagues bid a final salute and farewell to Lt. Thomas Maduskuie, age 86.
Lt. Maduskuie served the town for over 30 years on the Wrentham Call Fire Dept. and as the Fire Alarm Superintendent. He was also an electrician and member of the IBEW 103.
Lt. Maduskuie is the husband of Shirley and father of five, including Wrentham Fire Deputy Chief Bob Maduskuie.
The Lieutenant’s casket rode atop the old Pioneer Fire Engine No. 1 for his journey from Ross’ Funeral Home to the Center Cemetery where he’ll be laid to rest.
Condolences from the Wrentham Police Department to the Maduskuie family.
Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland
Four Sharon Police Officers in their police academy khakis! So young, ready, willing and able to protect and serve!
Left to Right: Michael O'Shea, Steve Coffey, Scott Leonard and Harriet Reichert.
Mike O'Shea went on to serve with the Quincy Police Department and is still there as a Sergeant. Steve Coffey is now a Lieutenant on the Sharon Police Department. Scott (Bunch) Leonard is a Sergeant on SPD and Harriet Reichert is the Court Prosecutor for SPD.
Very nice Boston Police Auxiliary badge I just added to my Boston Police collection at the museum. Come on by and check it out. You will be surprised at how big a collection is here from all across the country!
I added this great Boston Police CD (Civil Defense) arm band to our collection in the BPD section of the museum. It was donated by a veteran police officer. Thanks Ken!
During WWII the Boston Police Department trained Air Raid Wardens to monitor and enforce laws enacted to protect the city from air raid bombings. Turning off lights, pulling shades to block out lights, etc.. were regulations to make targets more difficult for enemy pilots to identify.
The BPD would issue badges, helmets, armbands and other equipment to the Air Raid Wardens for them to carry out their duties.
Sharon Patrolman J. J. Lavezzo pictured with State Police Officers, 1930's. Believed to be a group photo celebrating an illegal liquor still bust! J. J. Lavezzo served several years on the Sharon Police Department as a Special Police Officer under Chief of Police Egitto Lavezzo.
An old Boston Police Department crime prevention poster, late 60's/early1970's!
Sharon P. O. Square, 1920's, police officer directing traffic!
Sharon Historical Society
Our Yellow Schoolhouse Museum at 16 High Street is one of Sharon's depositories for photographs, documents or artifacts. It is where there are historians on duty Thursdays 3 to 5 and Saturdays 1 to 4 to answer questions you might have about the history of our town or inquire about location of historical sites There are displays and collections to see or just sit and reminisce. Free admission! We have a vast collection of Sharon postcards such as this one picturing what is believed to be Sharon's first fire house. It was located on the same site as the recently demolished brick Fire Station on South Main St. where the new town hall is being constructed. At our March 10th (2 p.m.) Quarterly Meeting to which the public is invited, there will be a presentation of "Early Images of Sharon" ... a collection of members' post cards. Remember ... at the Sharon Historical Society the past is always present!
Photo #1: Sharon Police Chief Al Horan, Fire Chief James Polito, Town Manager Ben Puritz, Selectman Michael Cook, OLOS Father Bullock and....(not sure on remaining 3 people pictured here?). This was taken at the Sharon Town Hall front lobby. Does anyone know what the occasion was?
Photo #3: The heavy bronze plaque marking the completion and official opening of the Sharon Police Headquarters which was located at 213 South Main Street until a few years ago when it was demolished to make way for a new Police/Fire Public Safety Complex.
Boston Police double breasted jacket, 1970's era.. Heavy wool. This jacket belonged to BPD Sergeant Paul Joyce, retired and passed on to higher glory.
Sharon P. O. Square, 1920's, July 4th or Labor Day parade.
Some very old accident photos occurring near Lake Massapoag. Check out the white Sharon Police car. Truck is United Chocolate out of Mansfield, Mass. Looks like it was at a rotary.
These two busts are at the Sharon Police & Fire Museum, #1 School Street, Sharon. #1 School Street was originally, 1892, a high school for Sharon. The Abraham Lincoln bust was a gift to the school from the graduating class of 1905. The Theodore Roosevelt bust was a gift from the graduating class of 1922, (Class of 1922 might have been at South Pleasant Street School which was a high school after #1 School Street). Both busts were donated by past Sharon Intermediate School Principal Mort Kaufman.
Chicago Police 1924 Field Day Book!
Sharon Chief of Police Al Horan in the jail cell area of the old Sharon Police Station, (213 South Main Street), now gone and the site of the new Sharon Fire Station. This photo would be from about 1981.
Sharon Chief of Police Arthur Hixson, served as Chief from 1920 - 1925.
Photo #1: Arthur Hixson, a member of the Massachusetts Home Guard during WWI, middle row, second from right.
Photo #2: Chief Arthur Hixson, far right, is pictured with a handcuffed prisoner probably in Boston or other city.
Sharon P. O. Square, early 1920's, with police officer shown, believed to be Arthur Hixson who was Chief of Police from 1920 - 1925.
Sharon Police Chief John B. Kennedy, served as Chief of Police from 1925 - 1932. Prior to that he was a Boston Police Officer but was fired with many other officers for striking, (Boston Police Strike, Sept.9, 1919), hoping to improve their wages and working conditions.
Chief Kennedy was active in busting up illegal liquor production and sales in Sharon during Prohibition, ( aka Volstead Act, 1920 - Dec.5, 1930), and he was also proactive in dealing with traffic problems that developed in Sharon with increased motor car traffic. Chief Kennedy recommended purchasing a motorcycle for officers to use to deal more effectively with enforcement of traffic regulations. He cited;..." automobiles speeding through the town with a large number of accidents in the past year, two of them fatal". He also suggested "marking of the square to help eliminate the congestion during business hours." As a result, he Sharon Police Department bought it's first motorcycle, an Indian Scout, in 1926. It's cost was $362.00. Roads were also improved with lines added.
Chief Kennedy's salary in 1925: $1,424.40
Photo #1: Sharon Chief of Police John B. Kennedy.
Photo #2: A letter from David R. Kennedy, grandson of Chief Kennedy, to me, providing a little history.
Photo #3: A pic of Chief of Police John B. Kennedy's badge.
Sharon Firefighter Allen R. Littlefield, served from 1946 - 1966. Here are a few great photos, courtesy of his daughter Donna, of Allen with his family back in the day! (A display with photos, his badge and patch are at the Sharon Police & Fire Museum).
Sharon Police Department Cruiser Chevrolet Station Wagon, March 1965.
Sharon Police Sergeant George Markt at Iwo Jima monument, Knollwood Cemetery, Sept. 1985.
Sharon Special Police Officer Bob Schofield at lake rotary for traffic duty, July 3rd, 1991.
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