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Methuen Police won a friendly rivalry with the Methuen Fire Department, raising nearly $ 6,000 for Methuen’s first-ever Field of Honor.

The real winners are veterans in need who will be helped with money raised to support the Bureau of Veterans Services. As WHAV reported earlier, Methuen Field of Honor will see American flags fluttering in front of the Nevins Library.

Veterans Service Officer Paul Jensen suggested competition between the fire and police departments to see who could raise the most money to support the city’s goal of recognizing the nearly 5,000 veterans. who live in Methuen. In a recent interview on WHAV, Jensen explained.

“We have a wonderful location, a great sprawling lawn in front of the Nevins Library, right on Broadway, and we also have our Methuen Day events coming up on October 2, so why don’t we have a field of honor in front of Nevins Library? . We’ll be doing it the first week of October, so if people come by this Saturday for Methuen Day, they’ll see the Field of Honor. The flags will stay on the lawn for a week, and after your flag has flown for a week, you can come back on Sunday and pick up your flag, ”Jensen said.

Methuen Acting Police Chief Randy Haggar said officers were allowed to grow well-groomed beards or facial hair until Sunday, October 10, if they made a pledge of $ 100. $ at the Field of Honor. He also proposed extending the facial hair deadline to November 30 if the force raises more money than the fire department. Haggar then upped the offer, promising to personally buy a grill for the department to host barbecues to build camaraderie.

In response, Jensen made a donation on behalf of the Methuen Police Department to honor the 13 servicemen killed in Afghanistan last month and to support their families.

As for the rest of the Methuen day, Methuen East District Councilor Eunice D. Zeigler, who founded the event in 2018, told WHAV listeners what to expect.

“It will be on Hampshire Street and Lowell Street. The streets will be closed so people can get off and enjoy it. We will have over 60 vendors there – artisans, local nonprofits and city departments will be represented such as the Ministry of Health, the Department of Inspection Services and will also have a row of food trucks. She said.