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Top: Residents of the Elmhurst and Smith Hill communities joined College
and Providence police officials at the dedication ceremony.
Below: Sgt. Max Dorley

Fr. Shanley Helps Dedicate Police Sub-station to Fallen Officer

Amid a backdrop of navy-clad police and fire comrades on foot and horse, a Providence Police Department district sub-station that serves Providence College was dedicated in memory of a beloved officer.

The District 7 sub-station on Camden Avenue, adjacent to Eaton Street and Douglas Avenue, is now called the Sgt. Max Dorley Sub-station. It honors the dedication, memory, and sacrifice of Maxwell Dorley, a 16-year Providence police veteran who died in April when his cruiser struck a utility pole on Admiral Street. Sgt. Dorley was responding to a call to help a fellow officer when the accident occurred.

“He was answering the most important call … an officer needs assistance. He didn’t hesitate,” Providence Mayor Angel Taveras told an audience of more than 100 gathered outside the sub-station, which is owned by Providence College and which opened in 2004.

Attendees included Peter F. Neronha, U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, police and fire personnel from Providence and beyond, city officials, family members, and members of the College and Elmhurst and Smith Hill neighborhood communities.

The dedication of the sub-station is a fitting and lasting tribute to honor an officer who was loved and respected and who made the ultimate sacrifice, added Taveras.

“Max was truly a hero,” said Col. Hugh T. Clements, Jr., chief of police. “It is only right that this building be dedicated to him. This is where he answered roll call every day. This building will serve as a reminder to other officers who enter here how really dangerous this job can be.”

Sgt. Dorley was an integral member of the local community, said Clements. He recalled how each fall the officer would volunteer at the St. Pius V Parish road race in Elmhurst and that this year, his name was added to the race’s souvenir T-shirt.

In addition to Clements and Taveras, remarks were offered by City Council President Michael A. Solomon, City Councilman Nicholas J. Narducci, Jr., College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80, and Amanda Dorley, Sgt. Dorley’s daughter. The master of ceremonies was Steven M. Paré, Providence commissioner of public safety.

Following Clements’ remarks, Paré lifted the drape that uncovered the sign dedicated to Sgt. Dorley.

Answering the call of vigilance

Before offering a blessing on the dedication, Father Shanley reminded the audience that Sgt. Dorley died protecting Providence, its neighborhoods, and PC. His death underscores the daily vigilance police officers maintain for others’ safety, said Father Shanley, noting that his twin brother, Paul, is a police officer.

“Today is a day for us to remember all those in uniform who enable us to do what we do. You are all heroes, and I want to thank you,” he said.

The president emphasized Sgt. Dorley’s death is a reminder to each of us to remind vigilant and live each day completely.

“When I drive by this sign, I will remember and honor Max and remember that I know not the day,” said Father Shanley.

The program’s final speaker, Amanda Dorley, expressed gratitude on behalf of her mother, Kou, brother, Robert, and herself that her father’s legacy will always be remembered. Speaking through tears, she echoed Father Shanley’s thoughts.

“Every day you walk outside, live it to the fullest,” she said. “It’s tough, it’s hard [for her family]. Everything happens for a reason. Tell everyone you know that you love them.”

— Charles C. Joyce

 

 

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