Suffolk University Police Officer is Honored for 20 Years of Service

10/22/2001

Pasquale "Pat" Piscitelli is a guy who likes to keep busy.

"It's important to keep working for as long as you can," said the personable 73-year-old Revere resident. "Once you retire, you're all done."

Keeping active is not a problem for Piscitelli, who was recently honored by Suffolk University for his 20 years of service as a security officer. Although he officially retired seven years ago, he still opens the doors to the Sawyer School of Management on the Suffolk campus at 5:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

"I get up early and ride the Blue Line in," explained Piscitelli. "I work part-time, from six in the morning to noon. It's a good job. I even get Friday's off."

Needless to say, he enjoys his work. Over the years, he has become a familiar figure to everyone at Suffolk - students, faculty and staff - in search of directions, an identification card or a friendly smile. He has a wonderful sense of humor and will talk with anyone at anytime. Once he gets to know you, a nickname is sure to follow.

"He calls me ‘Sue, Sue,'" laughed Susan Atherton, Associate Dean of Faculty and Undergraduate Affairs at Suffolk's Sawyer School of Management. "Pat is a warm-hearted person who truly cares about Suffolk and its people. If we're short-handed, he'll come in on his days off. He is one of our unsung heroes."

John Pagliarulo, Chief of the Suffolk University Police and Security Department, considers Piscitelli more than just a friend and colleague. "He is like a father to me," said Pagliarulo. "In fact, Pat was the person who hired me 18 years ago when he was acting Chief. He has taught me well."

According to Pagliarulo, Piscitelli's zest for life reminds him more of a senior in college than a senior citizen. "He's full on energy and in great shape," said Pagliarulo. "He's also a funny guy who is well-known and well-liked by all the students and the people within the Suffolk community."

Piscitelli's popularity is not limited to Beacon Hill. As Captain/Executive Officer of the Revere Auxiliary Police Force, he is a widely recognized and respected individual throughout the city. Beginning as a patrolman 35 years ago, he now can be seen regularly behind the wheel of his police cruiser. One of his responsibilities is to drive around to the various schools during the evening, making certain that all is normal. On Sunday mornings, he can be found in front of St. Anthony's and the Immaculate Conception, directing traffic and helping churchgoers cross the street safely.

His involvement with the volunteer-based Revere Auxiliary Police Force is strictly a labor of love. "I don't do it for the money because it's a non-paying job," smiled Piscitelli. "I do it because I enjoy helping people in the city in any way I can.

It makes me feel good knowing I'm part of an organization which serves the people of Revere." Robert Campbell, Chief of the Revere Auxiliary Police Force, admires Piscitelli for the passion he puts into his work. "Pat has been doing this for a long time and he still loves it," said Campbell. "He is street-smart and very good at what he does. I'm honored to have known him and work with him after all these years. He's a great guy who is fun to be with."

Piscitelli, who was born and raised in East Boston, has been living in Revere for nearly 50 years. He and his wife, Margie, have four sons and one grandson. In fact, their grandson, Nicholas Piscitelli, Jr., is a corporal with the United States Marine Corps. A 1998 graduate of Revere High School and state champion hurdler, Nicholas is currently stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He could be ordered to go defend his country at any moment.

"Nick is a great kid," said Pat, a former sergeant in the United States Army. "I just told him to do his job and everything will be fine. I just wish the September 11th attack on America never happened."

Piscitelli is a firm believer in the new and heightened security measures being enforced throughout the nation. "It's for the benefit of everyone and the right thing to do," he said. "I think this kind of security should have been in place in this country a long time ago."

On his 20-year anniversary at Suffolk, Piscitelli was presented with a Captain's Chair from the university. Considering his ambitious schedule, will he ever use it?

"Sure, I will," said Pat Piscitelli. "But you know me - I can't sit still. I like to keep moving."

For more information, please contact Tony Ferullo at 617-573-8448.

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