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Springfield’s Senior Officer, Kevin Burnham, Retires

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — In 1971, Richard Nixon was President and Frank Freedman was the Mayor of Springfield.  It was also the year that 22-year-old Kevin Burnham joined the Springfield Police Department.

After 43 years of service, the city’s senior patrolman is retiring.

Dozens of colleagues, friends, and family gathered in the department’s squad room Friday morning for the traditional pizza and cake farewell.

Burnham says, more than anything, he’s going to miss his fellow officers, adding, “They absolutely are the top notch in the world. They’re fun, they’re friendly. They do a great job. It breaks my heart that I’m going to leave, because I’m really going to miss them.”

Detective Ruben Borrero, who’s been on the force for 38 years, will now be the Springfield police department’s longest-serving officer.


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