City to Host Swearing in Ceremony for New Firefighters, Policeman on Sept. 11

The city will be hosting a swearing in ceremony for three new firefighters and a police officer on Sept. 11 near the Melrose Fire Department headquarters.

Melrose Fire Department patch. Credit: File photo
Melrose Fire Department patch. Credit: File photo
The city will be hosting a swearing in ceremony for three new firefighters and a police officer on Sept. 11 near the Melrose Fire Department headquarters, according to a city press statement.

The ceremony is expected to be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday near the flag monument outside the fire station. There will be a brief remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001 during the ceremony, with Mayor Rob Dolan swearing in the firefighters and officer.

Trio of Firefighters

John Brophy III, John Glabicky and James DeMartino will be the firefighters sworn in.

"...Brophy III was born and raised in Peabody. He attended St John’s Prep and graduated as a member of the National Honor Society," reads the statement. "He got an early start on his EMS career by taking classes at night during his senior year of high school. Later on he attended graduated Paramedic school and graduated in 2012. John is a second generation firefighter."

"...Glabicky graduated from Palmer High School and went on to Springfield College, where he graduated with a bachelor’s...in sports management and a minor in business," reads the statement. "He was a call firefighter for seven years with the Bondsville Fire Department, where he attained the rank of captain and was in charge of the department training curriculum. He worked as an EMT-B for three years at Palmer Ambulance and became a paramedic, and he was a medic for two years with AMR Springfield, where he served on the Disaster Response Team (DRT) and as a tactical medic."

"...DeMartino graduated from Malden Catholic High School in 2003 and has worked for the Department of Correction as a correction officer since 2004. He was promoted to sergeant in 2011," reads the statement. "James is an assistant football coach at Malden Catholic High School. He received his paramedic license from EMS Academy in Quincy in March of this year. He currently lives in Wakefield."

New Police Officer

Joseph Stamegna will be the newest officer to join the Melrose Police.

"...Stamegna graduated from the Reading Police Academy in Reading on Aug. 6. Before becoming a police officer he was self-employed and worked as a construction supervisor specializing in remodeling and finished carpentry," according to the statement. "He is a lifelong, fourth generation resident of Melrose who graduated from Melrose High School in 1998. Shortly before graduation, he enlisted with the Army Reserve with aspirations of becoming a police officer, just as a few of his family members had.

"During the eight years he served with the Army Reserve he was a member of the 368th Engineering Battalion Combat Heavy out of Londonderry, N.H. Training with the Army Reserve took him to different areas of the country as well as to South Korea. Following Sept. 11 he was deployed for over a year with his unit...to support Operation Iraqi Freedom."

What If it Rains?

Refreshments will be served afterwards in the GAR Room at Memorial Hall, which will also be the location of the swearing-in should inclement weather crop up, according to the statement.


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