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Lieutenant John Balfe retires after 31 years with police force

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Lieutenant John Balfe recently retired after 31 years with the Police Department. Balfe joined the department after graduating from the Boston Police Academy in 1983. Starting as a patrol officer, he was promoted to sergeant in 1991 and to lieutenant in 1998. During his tenure as lieutenant, he served as a shift commander. A former basketball player at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Balfe worked for the former state Department of Youth Services before becoming an Everett police officer. “John is a true professional law enforcement officer,” Police Chief Steven A. Mazzie said in a prepared statement. “He served as a mentor to all officers in the Everett Police Department. His professionalism and knowledge will be missed and he was appreciated by all who knew him.”

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