HOLDEN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen and town manager showed their appreciation for former Holden Police Detective Albert Bourget's nearly 40 years of distinguished service to the community Monday night by presenting him with a certificate of recognition. They emphasized the significant impact he has made in protecting the town and through his contributions to the police department.
Bourget began his career as a police office in 1975 and became a permanent full-time patrolman in 1977 before being reassigned as an investigator for the Holden Police Department in 1984.
Since 1996, Bourget has served as a detective for the department, continuing as such until his retirement this past December.
Selectman Ken O'Brien said that he really appreciated the service that Bourget had given the town, noting that "your service has made the town a better place."
"One of the things people forget is how lucky we are to have folks like you that serve the town," added O'Brien. "It's a credit to you that both your son and your daughter are both officers in the town of Holden and followed in your footsteps."
"Over 38 years you've been a great officer, there have been no complaints, no scars, and that's a tribute to you," said Selectman Jim Jumonville, commending Bourget's dedication throughout the years as not only an officer, but as a family man and a girl's soccer coach at Wachusett.
Selectman Bob Lavigne also thanked Bourget for his service, saying that "we have an incredibly professional department, and by far, you set the standard for everybody. Everything that's good about it has your fingerprints on it."