Randolph and Whitman Police Departments Among Several Agencies Helping to Escort Whitman Toddler to Hospital for Surgery

WHITMAN — Randolph Police Chief Anthony Marag and Whitman Police Chief Timothy Hanlon are pleased to share that several local police departments took part in a special escort yesterday for a Whitman toddler who is set to undergo open-heart surgery.

Departments from seven neighboring communities came together Wednesday, April 14, to escort Nathaniel Rodman, who is affectionately known as “Nate the Great,” to Boston Children’s Hospital along with members of the boy’s family. 

Rodman was born with multiple heart and kidney defects that have required several surgeries, including his first open-heart surgery when he was only 5 weeks old. The departments came together for Rodman and his family, which includes Matthew Rodman, who has served as a Randolph Police officer for more than seven years. 

In addition to officers from Randolph and Whitman, members of the Quincy, Weymouth, Stoughton, Canton and Braintree police departments all took part in the early-morning escort Wednesday. Last week, officers had a badge made for Rodman to signify him becoming an honorary police officer.

“The escort was a way to recognize Nathanial for the tremendous courage he has shown during his life, and as a way to take the family’s mind off everything for a few minutes before they entered the hospital to begin this latest procedure,” said Randolph Police Det. Kevin Gilbert. “We have done escorts like this before and it is always easy to find officers willing to participate. We truly have an amazing network of passionate officers in this region.”

Several of the officers who participated in Wednesday’s escort were police academy classmates of Matthew Rodman, making the event all the more personal for many of them. 

The Whitman Police Department played a key role in assisting with traffic control and providing advice on the best routes to approach and leave the house for the escort.

“This entire event was a group effort between Randolph Police, Whitman Police and the surrounding agencies, and it shows that we are always willing to help a family in need,” Det. Gilbert said. “Nathaniel is a fighter, and we are confident that he will come out of this surgery in amazing shape.”

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*VIDEO* Randolph Police Department Gifts 8-Year-Old Girl Violin, One Year of Lessons

*Click here to watch a video of the presentation*

RANDOLPH — Chief Anthony Marag is pleased to announce that members of the Randolph Police Department gifted an 8-year-old girl with a violin and one year’s worth of lessons during a small ceremony March 25.

Sergeant Daniel Zaiter, Officer Rich Lucey and Officer Shawn Palmer met Kristen while responding to an incident in town recently. Due the circumstances of the incident, the department will not be releasing specific details about the call.

In talking with Kristen and trying to comfort her, the officers discovered that she used to play the ukulele for fun and hoped to one day learn how to play the violin. Determined to do something to brighten Kristen’s day, the officers decided to purchase her a violin and sought donations from other members of the department.

Officers and department members across all shifts and positions donated money and within a few days they had raised more than enough to buy Kristen the violin and a year’s worth of lessons at the Stoughton Music Center. They researched what size violin would be appropriate for her and consulted with her grandmother, who took violin lessons in her youth, ahead of time and she committed to taking Kristen to her lessons.

On March 25, Sgt. Zaiter picked up Kristen and her grandmother and brought them to the police station where a group of officers had gathered to present Kristen with the violin.

“I’m incredibly proud of these officers and the department as a whole,” Chief Marag said. “This is the side of policing people often don’t see. These are officers that care deeply about their community and want to make a positive impact. This young girl was going through a tough time and our officers went out of their way to try to help her. Seeing Kristen’s reaction is a reminder of why we serve.”

In addition to the violin and lessons, they also presented Kristen with several Randolph Police patches.

“We hope Kristen will come back and play for us after she’s had a few lessons,” Chief Marag said.

Note: Kristen’s guardian has given permission to release her first name and likeness for the video and press release, but asked that her last name not be released.

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Anthony Marag Begins in Role as New Randolph Police Chief

RANDOLPH — The Randolph Police Department is pleased to announce that Anthony Marag has officially begun his new role as Chief. He is the 11th chief of the department.

Chief Marag’s Installation Ceremony took place on Sunday, March 28 and the Oath of Office was provided by Justice Serge Georges, Jr. Chief Marag took over duties following Chief William Pace’s retirement on Friday, April 2.

To watch Chief Marag’s Installation Ceremony, click here.

“It is an honor for me to step into this role having served my entire career with the Randolph Police Department,” Chief Marag said. “The men and women of this department serve selflessly and with integrity and courage and I am grateful to them for their dedication to their community. I would also like to thank Chief Pace for his leadership over the past 10 years and his commitment to the department, and I wish him well in his retirement.”

Chief Marag has spent his 25-year career with the Randolph Police Department, starting as a patrol officer in 1996. In this position, he served as the D.A.R.E. Officer for fifth grade students. He attained the rank of detective in 2004 and was a member of the Youth Violence Unit.

Chief Marag served as the department’s first-ever school resource officer from 2004-2008. As the SRO, he developed and implemented youth outreach programs, including a 3-on-3 basketball program and a decision-making program for students.

He was promoted to the rank of detective sergeant in 2008, detective lieutenant in 2014 and lieutenant in 2015. Most recently, he held the position of Commander of Investigative Services where he served as the Bureau of Criminal Investigations commander, Internal Affairs commander and Emergency Management liaison. He also worked as the background investigations coordinator and has been involved in the interview process for new police recruits.

Chief Marag is one of the co-founders of the South Shore Street Crimes Task Force, which was founded in 2008. Within the department, he has also served as the South Shore Drug Task Force Liaison and a member of the Randolph Police Honor Guard and Randolph Police Community Focus Group.

He founded the Randolph Police Fitness Cup, a 90-day challenge for officers that takes place annually and is part of a larger ongoing health and wellness initiative at the department. Officers donate money to compete in the event each year and the funds are then used to support various fundraising efforts.

As the department’s new chief, Chief Marag plans to focus on a unified approach to policing, which incorporates intelligence-led policing and community outreach practices to focus resources and address issues that affect the community. He also plans to expand officer training, prioritize comprehensive officer safety and wellness strategies, implement new recruitment programs and institute new technology.

“Community partnerships, high-quality officer training and modern technology are all crucial resources for an effective and visionary police department, and these initiatives will allow us to provide the highest level of safety and service possible to the community,” Chief Marag said. “Additionally, peer support and wellness programs that will ensure the safety, health and wellness of every officer is an important priority.”

Chief Marag is a two-time recipient of the Robert P. Dana Distinguished Service Award and a recipient of the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award for leadership training.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Curry College and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College. He has also completed training in Intelligence-Led Policing at Roger Williams University and Diversity in Recruiting and Hiring in Law Enforcement.

Chief Marag takes command following the retirement of Chief William Pace, who retired after a 30-year career in law enforcement on April 2. Pace’s final call can be viewed here.

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