From left at the Council on Aging celebration are police Sgt. Jon Seamans, Officers John Cotnoir, John Quinn and Kerrie Bushnell, and Detective Mike Williams. AMARIS CASTILLO / LOWELL SUN

DRACUT —The Dracut Council on Aging held a celebration for the men and women of the Dracut Police Department recently.

“Every day they’re out there protecting you and me,” Veterans Service Officer Jeffrey Hollett told the more than two dozen assembled seniors. “They’re out there serving their community. We came here together today to eat cake, say thank you, and to sing for them.”

Hollett then led the attendees in the “Happy Birthday” song. A few of the officers smiled.

Nearby was a frosted sheet cake with toy police cars on it.

Shortly before the ceremony began, Hollett said the event was part of a 10-month endeavor led by his office, the Department of Veterans Services, to thank multiple service organizations. The organizations include all five of the U.S. military forces, the Merchant Marines, military spouses, the Army National Guard and the Fire Department.

“All of these ceremonies — one per month out of 10 months out of the year — are just our way, very grass-roots, small-scale, saying, ‘We’re going to have cake and we’re going to celebrate you,’” Hollett said.

State Sen. Barry Finegold of Andover, who attended the event, said being a police officer is a “thankless job.”

“I applaud all of you for recognizing them and giving them thanks because this is a dangerous job … you risk your life every single day,” Finegold said. “It’s something that I don’t think we appreciate enough, what these fine men and women do for our community on a daily basis.”

Finegold presented the officers with a citation from the state Senate to show appreciation.

Deputy Police Chief Stephen Chaput thanked Hollett and Finegold.

“It means a lot to have the senator and the population of the elderly community here in Dracut be such strong supporters of the Dracut Police Department,” Chaput said.


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