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Published: October 03, 2008 03:40 am ShareThisPrintThis
0 Town's emergency vehicle ready to roll
By Victor Tine
Staff writer

NEWBURY - The town's man of many hats rolled out the town's newest truck of many uses yesterday.
Aided by a $20,000 donation from the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, the town has purchased and equipped an emergency response vehicle.
The vehicle, a new 2007 Chevy Silverado pickup, has been assigned to the town's Public Works Director Tim Leonard Sr.
Leonard, a 31-year town employee, also serves as Newbury's deputy director of emergency management, as a special police officer and a fire captain. If there's an emergency, it's likely that Leonard will respond in one of those roles.
The truck is equipped with toolboxes donated by O'Keefe Chevrolet of Ipswich, where the vehicle was purchased. Police Lt. John Lucey installed all of the emergency lighting and radio equipment, Leonard said. Rick Salmonson of Bridge Road Signs did the lettering, Leonard said.
The truck is powerful enough to haul any of Newbury's emergency trailers, such as a hazardous material spill trailer the town received from the state.
Leonard began working for the town in 1977 as a part-time Highway Department employee. He joined the Fire Department the following year. He became a Police Department dispatcher in 1983 and a reserve police officer in 1984.
Leonard went to work as a full-time foreman in the Highway Department in 1990. He was appointed liaison to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 1991 and was promoted to assistant highway superintendent the same year.
He was appointed public works director in 1993.
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