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State Rep. Joe Verrengia Honored at Saint Brigid School

L-R: Nathan Rinaldi, Father M. David Dawson, Jr., Melanie Grajales, Principal Shevon Hickey, Maria Verrengia (wife), Joseph Verrengia, MaryEllen Verrengia (mother), Joseph Verrengia, Sr. (father) and Dominic Mealha.

Saint Brigid School recently held a special mass for Joe Verengia, an alumnus who just retired from West Hartford Police Department.

L-R: Nathan Rinaldi, Father M. David Dawson, Jr., Melanie Grajales, Principal Shevon Hickey, Maria Verrengia (wife), Joseph Verrengia, MaryEllen Verrengia (mother), Joseph Verrengia, Sr. (father) and Dominic Mealha.

L-R: Nathan Rinaldi, Father M. David Dawson, Jr., Melanie Grajales, Principal Shevon Hickey, Maria Verrengia (wife), Joseph Verrengia, MaryEllen Verrengia (mother), Joseph Verrengia, Sr. (father) and Dominic Mealha. Submited photo

Submitted by Andrea Austin-Thomspon, Saint Brigid School

Saint Brigid School recently held a beautiful special Mass service in honor of one of SBS’ distinguished alum, a graduate of the class of 1978, retired West Hartford Police Sergeant, and State Representative Joseph Verrengia. After serving 25 years with the West Hartford Police Department, Verrengia shared his future plans with SBS’ students and faculty.

Always dedicated to his hometown of West Hartford, Verrengia said, “My dream of becoming a police officer started right here at Saint Brigid School. I always wanted to help people. I knew then that my career would be one of public service to others.”

Surrounded by his family, Verrengia continued, “I’m very excited about this next phase of my life. Now I have the time and opportunity to dedicate myself fully to both my community and my political aspirations.”

“Joe epitomizes the true essence of what it means to be a public servant. His selfless commitment to the people of West Hartford as both a police officer and state representative is something to be proud of and we are definitely proud of him,” stated Principal Shevon Hickey.

At the conclusion of the Mass, Verrengia was presented with the “Principal’s Award.” This award is given to alumni who have demonstrated a lifetime legacy of outstanding charitable contributions to society.”

Saint Brigid School located in West Hartford is proud to celebrate over 54 years of strong academics, Catholic values and enriched cultural diversity. Saint Brigid is a full-time faith based educational program committed to educating the needs of students from pre-kindergarten (three and four-year olds) to eighth-grade. Visit Saint Brigid School and see for yourself, how our families positively reflect today’s 21st century global community – one that we proudly celebrate. For more information call: (860) 561-2130.

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