By Paul Tennant
---- — NORTH ANDOVER – Three new police officers were sworn in and a firefighter received his official promotion to lieutenant at last week’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
Steven Corr, Brian Faye and Michael Reardon are the town’s newest police officers. Graham Rowe, who joined the Fire Department in 2004, is now a lieutenant.
Faye was a reserve officer for six years before his appointment as a permanent patrolman. Reardon and Corr served as reserve officers for three years each.
Faye “always wanted to be a police officer,” police Chief Paul Gallagher said at the swearing-in ceremony, where Town Clerk Joyce Bradshaw administered the oath to the new police officers and fire lieutenant.
Corr, Gallagher said, is the great-grandson, grandson and nephew of Lexington police chiefs and the son of a veteran captain of detectives in that community.
Reardon, the chief said, earned the academic achievement award at the Lowell Police Academy. Corr and Faye also attained high marks at the academy, he said.
“They were excellent reserve officers,” Gallagher said. The appointments of the three new patrolmen brings the Police Department to its full complement of 40 sworn officers, he said.
Reardon, Corr and Faye were appointed by Town Manager Andrew Maylor at the recommendation of Gallagher.
Rowe earned his promotion after passing the grueling civil service examination for fire lieutenants. He told The Eagle-Tribune he studied for eight hours a day for six months before taking the test.
The grandson of a veteran Andover firefighter, Rowe said he “fell in love” with the job the first time he walked into a burning building. That was while serving as a volunteer firefighter in Grantham, N.H., he said.
Besides his work with the Fire Department, Rowe is an assistant commander with the STAR (School Threat Assessment and Response) team of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, also known as NEMLEC.
The ceremony at Town Hall was attended by fire Chief Andrew Melnikas, wives and children of the men being sworn in and numerous police officers and firefighters.