From left, Chief Michael Ricciardelli accepts the Public Servant of the Year Award from Saugus-Everett Lodge of Elks Exalted Ruler Robert Strasnick. (Photo Courtesy Saugus-Everett Lodge of Elks)

The Saugus Police Department is pleased to share that Chief Michael Ricciardelli was honored by the Saugus-Everett Lodge of Elks as the organization’s Public Servant of the Year.

On Thursday, Oct. 6, Chief Ricciardelli accepted the honor at a dinner at the organization’s lodge on Main Street in Saugus.

For decades, the Saugus-Everett Lodge of Elks 642 has recognized members of the public from Saugus and Everett for their contributions to the community. Chief Ricciardelli was selected this year both for his leadership of the Saugus Police Department and for his philanthropy within the community, said the Elks Lodge’s Exalted Ruler Robert Strasnick.

“Not only does he do a great job with the role he has in the police department, he goes above and beyond with the philanthropic work he does in the community,” said Strasnick. “When you put the two together, we couldn’t think of a better guy to honor.”

“From providing scholarships to young adults, to supporting first responders on Sept. 11, to helping to educate kids about the dangers of drugs, the Saugus-Everett Lodge of Elks does great work in our community and that is why I am so honored and humbled to be recognized by them,” said Chief Ricciardelli. “I ask all members of the Saugus Police Department to be community-minded, and I can’t do that without setting an example myself. I hope this honor reflects upon our entire department and our community focus.”

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