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New Police Patches Honor Fallen Officer

12-31 MONTAGUE PD PATCHMONTAGUE, Mass. (WGGB) — A special day for the Montague Police Department Tuesday, as they unveiled a new uniform patch today.

Police officers, community members, and even local school children, helped come up with a patch design to replace one that’s nearly 25 years old.

“I think it’s great. I think we all came together as a department in deciding to get a new patch to change things up, so i think we are all excited for the new patch,” said Officer James Ruddock.
Everything on the new badge means something. The eagle is a symbol of strength. The scenic image is a park in town, that has been recently improved. There is a starat the bottom of the badges, and each one of it’s points represents a village in Montague. The number five inside of that star means something special. It’s officer teddy martin’s badge number.

Officer Martin was hit, and killed, by an intoxicated driver, while investigating an accident on New Year’s Eve in 1968.

“In the future when people question our patch, or what the number five is representative of, we’ll be able to explain it and that means his legacy will carry on for many years,” explained Chief Charles Dodge.

Chief Dodge says the number is also a reminder of how dangerous police officers’ jobs can be.

“I hope that the officers do remember this and think about this while they are working so that they stay safe,” Chief Dodge noted.

The new patches will be added to officer’s uniforms over the course of the next few weeks.

The department also raised money for, and installed, a memorial for Officer Teddy Martin outside the station several years ago.

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