Creating A Lasting Community “Benchmark”


Memorial Bench

It always feels good to be part of something which is special, selfless, and lasting. This was exactly the result of the 2012-2013 Youth Working with Police Project. The Project was funded through a grant received by the Montville Youth Service Bureau last year. The grant from the Youth Development & Resource Center, a division of the State of Connecticut Office of Policy & Management, provided funds for local Montville youth and the Montville police department to collaborate on a community service project that would have a positive community impact. After last summer’s successful youth-police positive interactions pilot project ,when local police participated as mentors in the popular Summer center program ,MYSB director Barbara Lockhart contacted Mayor McDaniel and Sgt. Dennis Mathers to invite some of our police to be part of a Memorial Bench building project.  The project which was primarily youth led with police as guides and mentors was successful for several reasons, youth and police interacted positively together on a regular basis, the kids learned new skills, and the concept of “giving back” was realized by the kids, and it was a good self-confidence builder as well.

The final step of this amazing project was completed on June 22, 2013 when the official Bench Dedication Ceremony took place at the Montville Public Safety Building. In total four benches were built, two have been dedicated to the late Officer Dennis Monahan, Jr. whose commitment and dedication to the youth of Montville and his exemplary work as a Montville Police officer were one of Montville’s greatest assets, and we feel the loss of him every day.

The third bench was dedicated to Anthony “Tony” Pescatello for his unfettered dedication to the youth in Montville and the Police department.  A longtime member of both the Public safety Committee and the Montville Youth Advisory Board, Tony tirelessly advocated for, and championed both the youth service bureau and the police department for the role each played in the community. The fourth bench is dedicated to all fallen Police Officers & Firefighters. The sacrifices made by the men and women whom choose this career path, promising to serve and protect, is both admirable and courageous.

The ceremony was attended by the kids who worked the project and their families, several local police, the Montville Resident Trooper, the staff from MYSB,  Youth Advisory Board members, Mayor McDaniel, and the family of Officer Dennis Monahan, Jr. Unfortunately Tony Pescatello’s family was unable to attend the dedication ceremony. Two of the benches can be found at the Montville Public Safety Building (by the flag pole, and later will be moved to the Memorial Garden) and the other two can be found at the Montville Youth Center. 

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