Wilmington DPW Are First Responders Too: Raise Flag, Enjoy Appreciation Luncheon From Sons Of Italy

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Department of Public Works held a special flag raising ceremony at its headquarters on Friday, June 19, 2020 to recognize the role it plays in public safety and essential services.

According to Wilmington DPW Operations Manager Jamie Magaldi, Wilmington is one of the first communities to raise the official DPW First Responder flag to generate awareness of his staff’s critical roles.

“The time is long overdue to recognized as first responders,” Magaldi told his crew during the ceremony. “Our hope is that the flag will generate questions from the public, other departments using the gas pumps, and will also serve as a reminder to each DPW employee of their critical role as a valuable member of Public Safety.”

The flag was custom made by New England Sign and Banner in Woburn, which is the same company that creates the championship banners for Boston and New England sports teams. The flag includes the American Public Works Association’s official Public Works First Responder symbol.

“The Department of Public Works has frequently been referred to as ‘the silent arm of public safety,’ stressed Magaldi. “All too often, DPW gets overlooked as a critical first responder.”

From servicing utilities to cutting down unsafe trees to tending to snow and ice operations, Magaldi stressed how hard his guys work to keep residents safe.

As part of the ceremony, the Wilmington Sons of Italy provided an appreciation luncheon to DPW staff members.

Below are photos and a video from the ceremony. Photos are courtesy of Sons of Italy member Lennie Malvone.

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DPW Operations Manager Jamie Magaldi addressing DPW workers.
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DPW Director Mike Woods and Operations Manager Jamie Magaldi displaying the flag.
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The DPW First Responder Flag being raised.
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The DPW First Responder Flag being flown at DPW Headquarters.
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Wilmington Sons of Italy providing an appreciation luncheon to DPW workers.
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DPW workers enjoying their lunch provided by the Wilmington Sons of Italy.

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