Plaque placed at East Providence City Hall memorializing fallen public servants

Dedicated space honors deceased police officers, firefighters

Posted 10/13/19

EAST PROVIDENCE — The City of East Providence held a dedication ceremony at City Hall on Thursday, Oct. 10, memorializing the seven members of both the East Providence Fire and Police Departments …

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Plaque placed at East Providence City Hall memorializing fallen public servants

Dedicated space honors deceased police officers, firefighters

Posted

EAST PROVIDENCE — The City of East Providence held a dedication ceremony at City Hall on Thursday, Oct. 10, memorializing the seven members of both the East Providence Fire and Police Departments who died in the line of duty.

Those honored were:

Peter F. Pepin, Police Captain, End of Watch-November 4, 1922

Leonard Anderson, Fire Fighter -Engine Company #1, Last Alarm-July 11, 1927

Arthur H. Ring, Fire Fighter -Engine Company #1, Last Alarm-October 21, 1938

Joseph M. Handfield, Fire Fighter-Ladder Company #3, Last Alarm-January 15, 1947

Robert A. McPherson, Lieutenant -Engine Company #2, End of Watch-July 10, 1957

James R. Caruso, Police Officer, End of Watch-January 6, 1958

Alister C. McGregor, Police Major, End of Watch- December 27, 2001

Mayor Bob DaSilva, Police Chief William Nebus and Acting Fire Chief Glenn Quick met with police and fire retirees who wanted to honor all of those who have passed serving the community. The ceremony was planned by retirees and the IAFF -Local 850 and IBPO Local 569. The service included an invocation by Rev. John E. Unsworth and the playing of “Taps” by East Providence High School student Lily Bolarinho.

“Although we have two very beautiful memorials, one at the police station and one at station 4, we felt it important to have something available so that the people who visit City Hall on a daily basis are reminded of the ultimate sacrifice that these people paid in service to our community,” Mayor DaSilva said.

“The fallen members listed on this plaque reported to work one day on one of those faithful days and never came home to their families. They all gave their lives to protecting the lives of the citizens of our great city,” Acting Chief Glenn Quick said. “They all made the ultimate sacrifice. May they rest in peace.”

“We thank our retired members for pushing this issue I’d hate for a new generation of cops to not know Alister McGregor the way I knew him, just as I didn’t know Peter Pepin the way his friends and family knew him,” Chief Nebus said. “These three gentlemen on the plaque came to work just like the men and women in uniform behind you. They had no idea what they would encounter that day.

“It was a typical routine work day but they never made it home. It’s important for us to remember that, that can happen at any moment.”

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