WILMINGTON, MA — At this week’s Selectmen Meeting, board members were introduced to Wilmington’s newest police officers — Michael DiLorenzo and Kathryn Goodwin.
The rookie officers graduated from the Reading Police Academy on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
DiLorenzo and Goodwin both grew up in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School. Goodwin served as a lifeguard at Silver Lake and later interned with the Wilmington Police Department. Both are college graduates with bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice.
“These two are among our finest,” said Police Chief Joseph Desmond. “I look forward to these two starting their careers in a community they want to serve.”
Selectmen thanked DiLorenzo and Goodwin for their willingness to serve and protect the residents of Wilmington.
“You both hopefully already realize that you are on one of the finest forces in Massachusetts. We couldn’t be prouder of our police and fire here. I hope you feel our support whenever you need it. We’re here for you,” said Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony. “It’s a difficult time to be choosing the profession you’ve chosen. We’re here to support you however we can. Go to your Chief and Lieutenant Chief with whatever you need. You’re both wonderful assets to this town.”
“Wilmington has one of the finest police departments in Massachusetts,” agreed Selectman Kevin Caira. “You’re joining a great group of individuals.”
“Wilmington has a lot of very good officers with experience that you can learn from. I have a high level of respect for Chief Desmond and Lt. Chief Pupa. You’re joining a very good police department,” echoed Selectmen Chair Jonathan Eaton.
“I hope all residents will join us in welcoming you in you’re new capacities. We will embrace you,” said Selectman Greg Bendel. “You’re joining a very fine department. We wish you a very healthy and long career. It’s a challenging time to be an officer. We couldn’t be prouder of the police department we have.”
Town Manager Jeff Hull also thanked the new officers for their service.
“You truly realize how old you are when you can remember Katie as a very young girl attending the church I attend here in Wilmington,” began Hull. “It’s amazing to see her now as one of the finest in town.”
“It’s incredibly valuable that we have both Katie and Michael joining the force since they know the town so well…. The enthusiasm is evident on their faces speaks volume…. I wish them both the very best. Be safe,” concluded Hull.
Goodwin said she and DiLorenzo are looking to make a different in town — one person at a time — with smiles on their faces.
“It’s great to be on the team,” she added.
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