Erving Marshall retires after 38 years of service to Townsend police

Erving Marshall

By Anne O’Connor

TOWNSEND — Friends and family helped Erving Marshall Jr. celebrate the conclusion of 38 years at the Townsend Police Department.

The night was a celebration of both the retired chief and small-town policing.

Other retirees from the Townsend department shared laughs and war stories. Marshall received a plaque from the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council and the Board of Selectmen delivered a proclamation.

The members of his department gave him a wooden chest and shadowbox to display his patches and guns.

A resident spoke, thanking him for the support he gave to her and her family during a difficult time.

During the formal presentations, Marshall sat between his wife, Janet, and his mother, Jessie, getting up to receive his honors. He also shared stories from his first days as a full-time officer.

Marshall summarized his life as a police officer in just a few sentences.

“There were a lot of good times, a lot of horrific times,” he said. “In the end, it was quite a career.”

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