Earlier this year, Saugus Police Chief Michael Ricciardelli was recognized by the New England Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for his commitment to his colleagues and community to deal with hate, discrimination and intolerance. The Chief was awarded the ADL New England & Ed Community Service Award for his outstanding service to the town of Saugus, encouraging acceptance and unity. Last year the Chief was quick in his response after an anti-Semitic incident; he jumped right in by helping organize a vigil and put up a menorah in town. On Monday, State Senator Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn) and State Representatives Donald Wong (R-Saugus) and Jessica Giannino (D-Revere) visited the Saugus Police Station with citations from the House and Senate commending his prestigious award.
“This recognition is well-deserved and a true testament to Chief Ricciardelli’s dedication to fostering a safe and united community,” said Senator Crighton. “We are so grateful for his leadership that continues to promote acceptance and combat hate.”
“We are proud of Chief Ricciardelli for his commitment to serve the Town of Saugus and to keep our community a safer place to live,” said Representative Wong.
“Chief Ricciardelli’s unwavering support of the Town of Saugus is evident in his work every day,” said Rep. Giannino. “I am proud of his quick actions as chief in ensuring there is no place for hate in Saugus. His recognition by the ADL was well deserved and these citations from the legislature were a small token of our appreciation.”
“The ADL does a lot of important work that has a positive impact on all protected classes and vulnerable groups. The Saugus Police Department and I were happy to be a part of taking a very negative incident and turning it into a positive. Although I do not believe that we did much more than any other police department would have done, it is very nice to be recognized for our work in the community,” said Chief Ricciardelli.