The kiss had a dual significance.
Townshend had just been sworn to the long-vacant position in the department where he began working as a part-time dispatcher 24 years ago, rising most recently to the rank of lieutenant.
“I need to acknowledge that his is a very special occasion, obviously, for me, and it’s an honor,” Townshend told the audience. “But it’s really only the second-best thing to happen to me on this date, because it was 19 years ago today that my wife and I were married.”
The Townshend’s two daughters, Mary (seen above) and Abby, participated in the swearing-in.
(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
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