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July 16, 2013

Parading in style at Canal Fest

Niagara Gazette —

For 25 years, City of Tonawanda auxiliary police officer Mark Acevedo has had a tough job at the Canal Fest parade — standing on the corners, directing traffic and helping pedestrians in the heat, rain and wind.

But this year, when police handed out the parade assignments to the volunteer officers, Acevedo didn't get one.

Instead, he was thrown the keys to the Tonawanda police car that would lead the parade. 

"It was quite a surprise," said Acevedo, Tonawanda's longest tenured auxiliary police officer. "I was expecting to get a corner to stand at. I was quite ecstatic."  

Acting Chief William Strassburg came up with the idea after Acevedo told him he planned to retire within the next few months.

"I just really wanted to do something special for him," Strassburg said. "There are only two paid police officers that have been here longer than him. He has done all the tough events, when people don't want to leave their families, he was here." 

The auxiliary captain, Bob Vogt, said Acevedo, who volunteered for North Tonawanda's volunteer force for five years before making the move to Tonawanda, is a critical part of his team. 

"I've only been here seven or eight years, and Mark is one of my backbones. He is one person I go to for help, to see how things used to be done," Vogt said. "I couldn't have been more happy for him." 

Mayor Ron Pilozzi also spoke to Acevedo's years of service. 

"He is the complete example of volunteerism in this community," Pilozzi said. "The residents of the City of Tonawanda have nothing but praise for his service. I'm sorry to see him go." 

Another parade leader, the grand marshal, fit in well with this year's theme for the event —  "celebrate our holidays." 

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