The City Council voted in favor of renaming the Revere Police Community Room in honor of Officer Daniel Talbot on the 10th Anniversary of his passing. Revere Police Detective David Caramanica wrote a letter to the council requesting the change. Caramanica attended the police academy with Talbot and was his partner for five years before he passed.
Talbot lost his life in a 2007 shooting while off duty with his fiancé and fellow off duty officers behind Revere High School. In 2010, a Revere man with gang ties, Robert Iacoviello, Jr., was convicted of second degree murder for shooting Talbot and is serving a mandatory life in prison term with the possibility of parole in 15 years.
Talbot was a lifelong Revere resident who played hockey for Revere High School. Before joining the police force, he entered the military and served his country.
“Anytime someone uses the room they will be reminded of the ultimate sacrifice he made to the city,” Caramanica said to the council Monday night.
“This is well overdue,” Ward 6 Councillor Charlie Patch, a retired Revere police sergeant, said. “He was a great police officer. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think of him.”
Councillor-at-Large Anthony Zambuto agreed with Patch. Zambuto said he still carries Talbot’s police badge with him in his car every day. “I think of him every day,” he said. “The community room is the perfect way to honor him.”
Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky said he watched Talbot grow up in Revere since he lived around the corner from him. When he first heard that the Police Department wanted to honor Talbot in this way, he admitted, he got emotional. “I think this is the greatest thing I have seen in the city in a while,” he said. “I am proud to say to people, ‘You are going to have a meeting in the Talbot Community Room.’ That is going to be the best thing I can say to people.”
Caramanica said the Police Department is currently working on an official plaque for the room. There will be a ceremony at the police station on June 23 for the newly named community room. The Police Department is also planning a community-wide charity event in Talbot’s honor on Sept. 29.
The council unanimously voted in favor of the name change. Council President Bob Haas and Councillor-at-Large George Rotondo were absent.