Injured Woburn police officer's son joins the force
WOBURN, Mass. -- Woburn Police Officer Robert DeNapoli’s son is following in his father’s footsteps. He is joining the police force.
With a new year comes a new term for Woburn’s mayor, and a new group of reserve police officers reporting for duty. For one father and son, what that duty means couldn't be clearer: Robert DeNapoli Junior was appointed just four months after his father was shot trying to stop a jewelry heist.
“You have to be apprehensive after what he's endured, to have your 27-year old-son follow in your footsteps. And little Bobby Junior didn't flinch, this is what he wants to do,” said Chief Robert Ferullo of the Woburn Police Department.
It's what he wants to do even after what happened at Musto Jewelers this past September. A robber shot repeatedly into a cruiser at the 50-year-old veteran Woburn officer. Officer DeNapoli has been on injured leave since then.
Officer DeNapoli came out on Monday to an important moment during the inaugural celebration for the mayor's second term.
“He’s doing great. I mean, for what he went through. You see him around and you wouldn’t know it. He’s got some real problems with his vision, but he’s out doing his rehab and he’s a great baseball player…he’s a hell of a baseball player. He gives back to the youth, he’s a coach in baseball, so we’re hoping for the best for him,” said Mayor Scott D. Galvin of Woburn.
The community is still shaken from the December 2009 death of Officer Jack McGuire who was killed in another botched jewelry store robbery.
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