Niagara Gazette — Even as Falls Police Administrative Captain John DeMarco busied himself packing boxes in his office on Thursday, the chatter from his police radio blared in the background.
“It’s an old habit,” he said to a reporter, with a smile. “It’s hard to walk away from it.”
Yet, after more than a quarter of a century as a Falls cop, DeMarco walked away and retired on Friday. The long-time administrative captain and deputy superintendent simply said, “It was time.”
“I’m ready. No regrets,” DeMarco added. “I don’t want to be one of those guys that hangs around just because.”
DeMarco followed a family tree into law enforcement in the Falls. His grandfather was a well-known Falls Police motorcycle cop, while his father was a chief in the New York State Park Police, serving there for 40 years.
“I’m a third-generation cop,” he says proudly.
His brother, Bob DeMarco will remain with the Falls Police as a Juvenile Division detective.
Despite his pedigree, DeMarco said he didn’t know for sure, as a young man, that police work would be his calling.
“It wasn’t something I’d always wanted to do,” he said. “There were other (careers) I thought about.”
After graduating from Niagara University in 1972, DeMarco enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Twelve years later he was back in the Falls and in need of a job and the opportunity to become a police officer was too good to pass up.
“I was lucky,” DeMarco said. “Things just fell into place for me and once I got on the job, I knew this was what I wanted to do. This is the best job in world.”
An up-through-the-ranks captain and administrator, DeMarco began his career in patrol and then became a patrol lieutenant. In 2000, he was tapped by then Superintendent Christopher Carlin to become his deputy.