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As a police officer in New York State, Attardo started
his career in the Village of Warwick, a little country
town that later merged with two other villages. As a result,
the original nine-officer police department became
defunct, and Attardo moved on to a larger police force.
" I said, 'You know, that department is gone, so maybe
I can find a little history of the village police.' "
He began hunting for information during his
shifts, hoping to create a commemorative plaque.
" I would take my radio into the basement so I
could listen for a call while I dug through moldy
old books, " he said.
Soon he was sifting through years, tunneling
down a rabbit hole of names, dates and events.
" It went all the way back to the 1700s, all these
names, " he said. " I found out that the town didn't
have a mayor; they called him the president. And he
appointed a name, hired somebody as a patrolman.
But that person worked Monday to Friday. So, if they
needed somebody on Saturday, they hired an extra.
So, you could be Joe Blow the extra, and you had a
different badge. "
" (Years ago), they gave you a nightstick, a belt
and a lantern, " he said. " Of course, it changed
over the years. "
Attardo holds his patch from the Village of
Warwick, recalling the historic, buildings and
homes, the streets he walked and the people he
vowed to protect. Prior to his career in law enforcement,
he worked as an engineer. His analytical
thinking, attention to detail and passion
for learning served him well as a collector of artifacts.
But his respect for law enforcement made
badge collecting the ideal hobby.
He's now one of many retired " blue
bloods, " which include his older
brother, with the New York City
Housing police his twin brother, a
special agent, his younger brother,
an investigator, his nephew who recently
retired as a lieutenant, and his
niece, a police officer within the New
York State Thruway Authority.
" This is my cousin, " he says, holding
up one of his scrapbooks. " He was
a police officer in Lebanon, Connecticut.
And I have one other nephew.
He's a Washington, D.C., police officer. "
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