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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-11-2021

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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6 SCITUATE FEBRUARY 11-17, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER in honor of Lawton is now hung in the lobby below a picture of the late police chief, who died in 2015. Lawton served as chief in Scituate from 1971 to 1990, previously serv- ing with at the Providence Police Department from 1948 to 1968. According to his obituary, he was known for his sense of humor. Chief Eric Rollinson, a teenager when Lawton was leading, remem- bers Lawton running the department, fondly recalling how he maintained a presence around town. "He was a solid man, a great offi- cer, someone you could look up to in town," Rollinson said. Referencing a photo of Lawton holding a phone to his ear while maintaining a stern expression, Rollinson said his appearance was deceiving. "He looks tough but he was also a really nice guy," he said. The Scituate Town Council voted unanimously in September 2019 to name the station after the late chief. Councilor James Brady, who served on the Scituate Police Department, said naming the station in Lawton's honor was a cause "near and dear" to his heart. Anthony Donatelli, of the 100 Club, expressed the same senti- ments about Lawton. "He was a great guy. He looked stern but that was the job. Once you got to know him you loved him. Everybody did," Donatelli said. According to 100 Club President Joseph Terino, the club raises money for scholarships for children of police officers and firefighters, donates money to families of fallen officers and first responders, and supports the opening of new departments. Terino said that the SPD may use the $1,000 toward anything the department needs. He said when the North Providence Public Safety Complex opened, the 100 Club donated $2,000, or $1,000 each for police and fire, which was used to purchase exercise equipment. Rollinson said he is grateful for the donation and has not yet decided how to use the money. Since moving into the new station, Rollinson said staff has worked out a few kinks in the building. He said everything is looking and working well so far, and he has no com- plaints. Councilor Abbie Groves thanked the 100 Club for the support. "Scituate is extremely grateful," she said. The Valley Breeze is committed to keeping quality news stories like this one free to our readers. You can be a huge part of this local journalism success story by making a one-time or monthly contribution to what we do every week at port. Thank you as always for reading. BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Members of the 100 Club of Rhode Island donate a $1,000 check and a plaque naming the Scituate Police Department in honor of former Police Chief William J. G. Lawton. From left, Reggie Centracchio, Mike Donatelli, Joseph Terino, SPD Chief Eric Rollinson, Scituate Town Council President Abbie Groves and Anthony Donatelli. LAWTON From Page One Linda Farrington, DVM • Laura Roman, DVM Amy Kasprzycki, DVM Richard Coates, DVM • Holly Brown, DVM 1509 Mendon Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 401-333-7911 Emergencies Small Mammals Hospitalization Facilities Routine Exams PROGRESSIVE MEDICINE IN A FAMILY PRACTICE ATMOSPHERE We're Here To Provide Quality, Compassionate Care When Pets Need It Most. Compassionate Care Veterinary Clinic 333-7911 Progressive Medicine in a Family Practice Atmosphere Open 7 days a week 1509 OPEN 7 DAYS

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