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Officer promoted to Sgt., but not much will change

By Tara Vocino

A 22-year veteran of the police department was promoted to the sergeant rank in the City Council Chambers on Thursday afternoon.

“I’ll be the same person with the same job performance,” Police Sgt. John Cannon said, who served as an officer from 1997 to 2007 and as a detective from 2007 to 2012. He graduated from UMass Amherst in 1995, where he majored in Legal Studies.

His shift was overnights from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. with training officer Police Lieut. Jeff Graff.

“I’m very pleased to be promoted,” Cannon said before the ceremony. “I served 22 years in the Shirley Avenue area. I’m friendly with the supervisors, and they taught me the ins and outs.”

His family shared a few words about him before the ceremony started.

His youngest daughter, Jacinda, 6, said she wants to be a police officer when she grows up. “He worked very hard,” Jacinda said. “He’s waiting to be a boss.”

Cannon’s middle daughter, Delaney, 9, said she dressed up as a police officer for Halloween.

His oldest, Jayden, 14, said his father sacrificed for the kids’ needs and in the interest of public safety. “He is always outside of the house working for us,” Jayden said.

Their mother, Andrea French, his partner of 20 years, said it’s been a long time coming, adding that it was his dream to become sergeant.

Cannon’s father, Arthur, a retired Revere Public Schools teacher, flew in from Texas – just for this ceremony. “I wouldn’t miss it for the world,” he said. “I’ve always been proud of him.”

His mother-in-law, Kathy, said she’s very proud, adding that he works hard to get what he wants. His father-in-law, Mark, joked that he’s going to be working harder.

Police Sgt. John Gagliardi, who served with Cannon from 2000 to 2004 in the community policing unit in a two-man cruiser, said he was the best partner he ever had. “No one deserves to be promoted more than him,” Gagliardi said.

Gagliardi said Cannon was instrumental in saving an overdose victim on Dix Street near North Shore Road by administering first aid in 2000.

Police Officer Vedran Trifkovic, who has worked with him for five years, said he’s a wonderful officer who will make a great supervisor. “I look forward to him being one of my bosses,” Trifkovic said. “He’s a great friend.”

Trifkovic said Cannon saved a mentally disturbed person from committing suicide by jumping out of a second-floor window on Beach Street this summer. “John physically restrained him at just the right time, and walked him into the ambulance,” Trifkovic said. “He wouldn’t listen to me, but for the some reason, he listened to John. And we’re very grateful for that.”

Police Chief James Guido said a sergeant is one of the most important supervisors in police, and that Cannon has been an excellent patrol officer. “It involved many hours of studying,” Guido said. “His father flew up from Texas – just to be here.”

Mayor Brian Arrigo said that with Cannon’s promotion, his job description will continue to become more intense, referencing recent rampages in innocent places. “Thank you for being the one that we turn to for help and for often responding to undeserved ridicule,” Arrigo said. “However, this is not handled alone – your family shares your troubles.”

Arrigo thanked them for sharing Cannon with the city to make Revere a safer place to live.

Tara Vocino may be reached at printjournalist1@gmail.com.

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