On a tranquil morning in Juno Beach, a solemn gathering took place, uniting our community in remembrance of a day etched forever in our nation's history. The Juno Beach Police Department, in collaboration with the Juno Beach Police Foundation, organized a heartfelt 9/11 Memorial Event on the 22nd anniversary of that fateful day. It was a morning of reflection, gratitude, and unity.
The event brought together more than 50 local residents and friends, as well as police officers, firefighters, and first responders from our community. It was a poignant reminder that, even more than two decades later, the memory of September 11, 2001, remains vivid in our hearts.
A highlight of the morning was the guest speaker, Sergeant Scott Bresalier, a dedicated officer who, in 2001, served with the Nassau County Police Department on Long Island, New York. His firsthand account and experiences provided a powerful perspective on the events of that tragic day. Sergeant Bresalier's words reminded us of the courage and resilience displayed by countless heroes in the face of adversity.
We extend our gratitude to Chief Brian Smith, who himself served in New York during the 9/11 events, for his tireless efforts in organizing this meaningful event. Chief Smith's commitment to our community and his dedication to honoring the memory of 9/11 are commendable.
In addition to Chief Smith, we also want to recognize and express our appreciation to all the police officers and firefighters who attended the event. Their unwavering commitment to public safety, even in the face of danger, is a testament to the true meaning of heroism.
During the ceremony, we were blessed to have two remarkable individuals, Police Chaplains Emily McGee, and Rabbi Berel Namdar, offer words of solace and spiritual guidance. Their presence and comforting words added a sense of unity and healing to the gathering.
Music has the power to heal and uplift, and this event was no exception. Ms. Monique McCall, a country music recording artist, singer, and songwriter graced us with her beautiful renditions of "God Bless America" and her new original song, "No Better Place-America." Her soulful performance touched the hearts of everyone present, reminding us of the enduring strength and unity of our great nation.
The 9/11 Memorial Event in Juno Beach served as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made on that day and the enduring spirit of our nation.
Together, we stand as a community, united in our commitment to remember and honor the heroes of September 11, 2001.
May we never forget, and may the memory of those who perished continue to inspire us to build a better and more united future.
Mark began his law enforcement journey in Massachusetts in 1994 with the Hampden County Sheriff's Department and the Monson Police Department, showcasing unwavering dedication. In 1998, he joined the Sturbridge Police Department, progressing from Patrol Officer to Administrative Lieutenant during his 20-year tenure. His remarkable career included roles such as a Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission Member and Assessor, as well as a Police Recruit Academy Instructor. Subsequently, he served as Chief of Police for the Tisbury Police Department on Martha's Vineyard..
While leading Tisbury, Mark confronted substantial challenges, initially having just eight sworn officers on staff. However, upon his retirement, the agency boasted a full complement of 30 officers and employees and had successfully obtained State Accreditation.
In 2021, Mark and his wife, Meara, relocated to our region where he became a valuable addition to the Juno Beach Police Department. Here, Mark played a pivotal role in obtaining accreditation for our Police Department from the Florida Accreditation Commission.
In his new capacity, Mark will be responsible for supervising patrol, investigations, and administrative functions. His steadfast dedication to excellence and community safety guarantees his success in this leadership role.
Major Saloio is not just an accomplished law enforcement professional but also a devoted family man. His wife Meara holds a rare license from the US Maritime Commission as a Captain for ships over 100 tons. Remarkably, less than two percent of license holders in this category are female. Mark and Meara's partnership exemplifies the strength of character and commitment to excellence that defines their family legacy.
Major Saloio now joins the Advisory Board of the Juno Beach Police Foundation, enriching our team with his extensive knowledge and experience, and strengthening our commitment to supporting the Juno Beach community.
Please join us in congratulating Major Mark Saloio on his promotion and welcoming him to his new role in the Juno Beach Police Department and the Juno Beach Police Foundation.
Matthew's journey to the Juno Beach Police Department is nothing short of remarkable. Prior to joining our team, he had a distinguished career in the United States Air Force, where he served as a combat veteran with multiple overseas deployments. His dedication to protecting our nation's interests and his invaluable experience will undoubtedly contribute to the safety and well-being of our town.
Beyond his military service, Matthew hails from a close-knit family of three boys who share a deep passion for hockey. Their shared love for the sport has not only forged strong bonds but also instilled qualities of teamwork and discipline that will serve him well in his new role.
In addition to his impressive military background, Officer Ricci is a strong advocate for education. He holds multiple degrees and is committed to furthering his knowledge by pursuing a master's degree. This dedication to continuous learning aligns perfectly with our department's commitment to excellence and innovation.
Matthew and his girlfriend made the decision to relocate to Juno Beach after her graduation, where she earned a Registered Nursing degree. They both have quickly fallen in love with our vibrant community and all it has to offer. Matthew expressed his enthusiasm for being part of the Juno Beach community and is eager to embark on a fulfilling and enduring career with the Juno Beach Police Department.
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Officer Matthew Ricci. We are confident that his dedication, experience, and commitment to lifelong learning will be valuable assets as we work together to ensure the safety and security of Juno Beach.
Officer Ricci will undoubtedly have a positive impact on our community, and both the Department and the Police Foundation are excited to see all the great things he will accomplish as a member of our police force.
Currently, Allyson is pursuing her Associates degree in criminal justice, highlighting her unwavering dedication to continuous learning and professional growth. Balancing her academic pursuits, she also plays the role of wife and loving mother to two young boys, exemplifying her exceptional multitasking skills.
Originally from Philadelphia, Allyson has developed a deep appreciation for the beautiful Florida lifestyle. Working close to the beach allows her to enjoy the natural wonders of our region while fostering a strong connection to the community she serves.
We couldn't be happier to have Allyson Lynch as a part of the Juno Beach Police Department team. Her experience, commitment, and enthusiasm make her a valuable asset, and the Police Foundation looks forward to the positive impact she will undoubtedly bring to the Town.
Please join us in welcoming Allyson Lynch to the Juno Beach Police Department. Together, we will continue to work tirelessly to keep our community safe and thriving.