September 10 2019

Patrolman Ed Mackey Honored for 34 Years of Service

By: Rich Hosford

A longtime Burlington patrolman was honored with a plaque, a couple of standing ovations and praise for his years of service at Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting. 


Chief Michael Kent presented Patrolman Edward J. Mackey with a plaque detailing significant dates of his career after he retired after 34 years on the force. Kent, reading from the plaque, said Mackey had been appointed on November 2, 1985. He graduated from the Metropolitan Police Academy on May 23, 1986. On October 24, 2016 he was awarded Badge #1 for being the longest serving patrolman in the department. He retired this past summer on July 5. 


Kent said Mackey was a lifelong resident of Burlington and was a beloved member  of the community. 


“He knew everyone in this town and he helped people right to the end,” he said. 


Kent also praised Mackey’s wife and two daughters, acknowledging that the life a police office, with its odd hours, can be difficult to loved ones. 


“I know he couldn’t have done it without his family,” he said.  


Kent ended by saying that he will be missed by everyone at the department. 


“On behalf of the Burlington Police Department, thank you for 34 great years my friend,” he said. 


Members of the board also had words for the departing officer. 


“It’s been a pleasure working with Eddie for over 30 years,” Selectman Jim Tigges, a detective with the department, said. “What’s inspirational is how to a lot of the new officers refer to him as a role model. You obviously brushed off on the younger generation.


“I’ve known you a long time,” Selectman Nick Priest, a son of a police officer, said. “You worked with my dad and I grew up knowing you and the guys and I have no bad word to say about you or any police officer in this town. I commend you for being a stalwart member of the department and protecting this community day in and day out.” 


“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Ed as a firefighter and on a social basis,” Selectman and firefighter Mike Runyan said. “We responded to a lot of calls together and it was always good to see Ed show up. He was always a true professional. I wish you and your family well in your retirement. The town has been well served by you.” 


Chairman of the Board Joe Morandi asked the rhetorical question “How do you say thanks to someone who has done a great job for this town?” before answering it. 


“All we can say is thank you,” he said. “You did a wonderful job and I’m proud you did it here in Burlington.” 


Officer Mackey only said he too was happy to have served in Burlington. 


“Thanks,” he said. “It’s the best place in the world to world, the best place in the world.”


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