Firefighter, police officers at NH & ME showcase their careers


For four people who are key parts of Seacoast’s police and firefighters, the last day of 2021 marked the end of their law enforcement careers.

The York Police Department has bid farewell to the 35-year veteran sergeant. Brian Curtin and John “The Cleaner” Patuleia who worked to keep the department’s office clean for 18 years while Rye’s constable Tim Garrity retired on Friday after 32 years. North Berwick Deputy Chief Larry Straffin ends a career spanning more than 50 years.

York Police Sgt. Brian Rideau (York Poilce)

York Police Sgt. Brian Rideau

After changing careers in farming and farming while growing up on the South Shore of Massachusetts to join the York Police Department in 1987, Curtain returned to his interest in the land upon retirement.

Rideau and his wife Samantha have created Karass Pastures, a regenerative farm producing healthy foods in a holistic and humane way that will increase healthy options when it comes to locally produced foods, according to a profile on the department’s Facebook page.

The highlight of Curtain’s career was being able to follow in the footsteps of his role model, Bill McDonald, a security guard from Braintree, Mass., In creating the School Resource Officer program for York Public Schools.

“This is one of my proudest accomplishments and I am very happy to see that the program has grown and continues today over 20 years later with many of the same founding principles of providing a compassionate, caring and empathetic policeman to help guide children on the path to adulthood, ”McDonald wrote in the profile.

Rye Police Officer Tim Garrity (Rye Police)

Tim Garrity, Rye Police Officer

Officer Garrity called it a career in late 2021 with the Rye Police Department.

“May you find that retirement makes up for the sacrifices you have made while protecting us all,” the ministry wrote on its Facebook page. “You will be missed by the citizens and the members of the department. Thank you and congratulations on an amazing career. “

Larry Straffin, Deputy Fire Chief of North Berwick (North Berwick Fire Department)

Larry Straffin, Deputy Fire Chief of North Berwick

After over 50 years as a firefighter with North Berwick, Berwick, Rochester, Buxton, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Winslow Straffin ended his career with the North Berwick Fire Department.

He will remain an associate member of the William Hill Firefighters Association.

“Larry has trained many firefighters over the years through the Maine Fire Service Institute and the NH Fire Academy. Larry will continue to train firefighters until he retires,” the department said in a post on his page Facebook.

John “The Cleaner” Patuleia (York Police)

John “The Cleaner” Patuleia

After 18 years, it will be up to someone else to keep York Police Headquarters clean.

“During these years John has become a member of our family and will be missed,” the department wrote on its Facebook page. “We hope you enjoy your retirement, it is well deserved.”

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at [email protected] or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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