Meet the Chief Marshal for the 229th 4th of July Celebration - David E. Barboza

 

I AM THE CHIEF MARSHAL – DO YOU KNOW ME?
I was born to native Bristolians and have spent all my life in the town I love. I was educated at Bristol High School and the former Bryant College, now Bryant University.
I credit my parents and three former educators who became good friends and mentors, with setting the foundation for my dedication and service to the Town of Bristol for three quarters of my life.
Photo: Chief Marshal David E. Barboza at the April 2nd annoucement at the Burnside Building. My parents, born in Perry Plat and on Wood Street, were brought up poor during the Great Depression. After my youngest brother was in the third grade, my mother went to work in order to provide for her children what she did not have growing up. My father was former President of the King Philip Little League, Sealer of Weights and Measures, and served on the Board of Tax Assessment and Review. He introduced me to the world of politics while I was in Junior High School. They taught me the value of public service, self sacrifice, putting others first and being grateful for what you have.

I AM THE CHIEF MARSHAL – DO YOU KNOW ME?
My first mentor, role model, and inspiration is Hector Massa. In my sophomore year of high school, I began working as a counselor-in-training at the former Camp Hess on Hog Island. In my senior year I was head counselor and also a lifeguard at the former YMCA. I was honored as “YMCA Boy of the Year” in 1968. I fondly recall Hector’s morning greeting to staff and campers – “Good Morning you lucky people”. To this day I consider myself lucky to have Hector in my life for all he has taught me.

I began my service to the Town under the watchful eyes and direction of the late Colonel Matthew A. Capone, an educator and Civil Defense Director for many years. At the age of 14, as part of a training exercise to become certified as a shelter manager, I spent a night with the state civil defense staff and thirty six female nursing students in the command shelter at the State House reacting to a very realistic simulated nuclear attack. Needless to say – it was an exciting learning experience – and I passed. I was the youngest person in the State to get this certification. I went on to become Deputy Civil Defense Director and then Director. At 24 years old, I was in charge of all emergency operations during the Blizzard of 1978 and Hurricane Gloria in 1985. I credit Colonel Capone as another of the three role models and mentors.

I AM THE CHIEF MARSHAL – YOU MIGHT KNOW ME?
Following in the footsteps of my grandfather, I joined one of, if not the oldest and continuously active volunteer fire companies in the nation. Having spent so many years hanging around the fire station, I was allowed to join one month early at the age of 17. During my membership I served as secretary and then treasurer.
My original training was at the former Naval Base. As a kid growing up I would marvel at the weekly plumes of black smoke emanating from their training ground. Never in my wildest dreams did I realize that one day I’d be located in a land based ship’s compartment with another firefighter, an instructor, and two hoses - with the diesel filled bilges below set afire – a real – not simulated – trial by fire.
I went on to be certified as a National Fire Protection Association Instructor teaching in the Department’s Division of Training, currently still holding an EMT – Cardiac license. I am a forty year Life Member of the Division of Emergency Medical Services and I serve on the Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau.
All of this I owe to one of the cornerstones of the Town of Bristol’s Fire Department – Hydraulion Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 – affectionately known as “The Hydes”.

I AM THE CHIEF MARSHAL – DO YOU KNOW ME BY NOW?
As a two time chairman of the Firefighter’s Memorial Welfare Committee, I became Master of Ceremonies in 1996 for the first annual Firefighter’s Sunday in Firefighter’s Memorial Park on Thames Street. I’ve continued in that role ever since. I also organize the annual Firefighter Memorial Mass.
I was the first police officer under the age of 21 hired by the Town, and subsequently moved to another law enforcement agency where I had the great experience of working on President Carter’s Secret Service Detail when he visited Rhode Island in 1979.In my later career, I went on to work in the sales division of both Eastern and Continental Airlines. After being unceremoniously downsized I filled in temporarily at my present employment – waiting for a permanent person to be hired – that was 16.5 years ago.
Inspired by my dad, my first exposure to politics was the gubernatorial race for governor in 1968. I proudly wore the campaign button in the shape of Rhode Island with the candidate’s name “Licht” on it. To my close friends in high school my nickname became “LEECH” spelled L-E-E-C-H. That moniker would take some explaining as time went on. I graduated high school with the class superlative “Most School Spirit” and received the Walsh Memorial Medal for scholastic recognition and dedication to the school.
In 1994 being part of Town Administrator and Chief Marshal Joe Parella’s “kitchen cabinet” I was his representative on the Town’s Personnel Board which I eventually “Chaired”. I also began working with Chief Marshal Joan Roth on the Concerts on the Common Committee. When the tradition which continues today known as “Last Night” was started, I was appointed by Mr. Parella to develop and oversee all public safety operations for the concert, a position I still hold.
In addition to my duties on the Planning Board, I also revised the police hiring standards and wrote the job description and participated on the selection board for the Fire Department’s first Battalion Chief Position. I did the original research on insurance reimbursement for rescue runs which continues as a source of revenue to the town; I was the logistics and communication coordinator for “Faith Walks for Charity” from 2006-2013; I organized the 1st and 10th year Town Common observances of 9/11; and I was the Chairman of the 1996 Charter Review Commission.
Following in the footsteps of my grandfather, I joined one of, if not the oldest and continuously active volunteer fire companies in the nation. Having spent so many years hanging around the fire station, I was allowed to join one month early at the age of 17. During my membership I served as secretary and then treasurer.
My original training was at the former Naval Base. As a kid growing up I would marvel at the weekly plumes of black smoke emanating from their training ground. Never in my wildest dreams did I realize that one day I’d be located in a land based ship’s compartment with another firefighter, an instructor, and two hoses - with the diesel filled bilges below set afire – a real – not simulated – trial by fire.
I went on to be certified as a National Fire Protection Association Instructor teaching in the Department’s Division of Training, currently still holding an EMT – Cardiac license. I am a forty year Life Member of the Division of Emergency Medical Services and I serve on the Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau.
All of this I owe to one of the cornerstones of the Town of Bristol’s Fire Department – Hydraulion Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 – affectionately known as “The Hydes”.

NOW I KNOW YOU KNOW ME?
Being mentored and inspired by the late Mr. Anthony Iasiello, his third role model and former high school principal and 2000 Chief Marshal, our Chief Marshal entered the formal world of politics in 1998. He always used the word “Mr.” when addressing or referring to Mr. Iasiello, even though Mr. Iasiello wanted to be called “Tony”. He was his sponsor to join the Bristol Rotary Club, where he continued to rack up $1.00 weekly fines for not calling Tony by his first name; For him Respect came first.
In the election of 1998 he won a seat on the Bristol Town Council by a whopping 10 votes. He was reelected to the Council for seven two-year terms, three of those years as vice chairman. For ten years he also served as chairman of the Bristol Warren Regional School District Joint Finance Committee. He is proud of the fact of never missing a regularly scheduled Town Council meeting. During his entire tenure on the Council he served as liaison to both the police and fire departments and also sat as a member of the concealed weapons review board.
As a proud member of the Bristol Rotary Club for seventeen years, he is currently President-Elect and will assume that position on July 1st. Rotary for him has been the continuation of his dedication to the Town by living their motto of “Service above Self”.
One of the causes in which our Chief Marshal became involved is the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. He joined this when introduced to the fiancé of a friend whose mother suffers from the disease. Tragically after marriage, his friend’s wife also became affected by the disease. He has participated in three “Three days, fifty-miles, and closer to a cure” walks that are held every September on Cape Cod.
When he could no longer participate in the fifty-mile walk for medical reasons, he became and still is part of the medical crew for the event. He is fond of saying that he sees more feet and blisters of various sizes in three days - than an average person would see in a lifetime!
He has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Bristol Rotary Club, as well as full terms on the East Bay Center Board of Directors, and the Mt. Hope Farm Board of Directors and he is also on the Board of Directors and treasurer of the Pastime Theater Foundation and recently became treasurer of the Bristol County Chorus. He continues to serve on the statewide East Bay Planning for Pandemic Flu Commission. He is a member of the local Elk’s Lodge and the Knights of Columbus. Obviously he does not have much free time.
Presently, our Chief Marshal is the Business Manager and Administrative Assistant to the Pastor of St. Mary’s Church. As a Eucharistic Minister, just about every Sunday for the past twenty-four years he has visited numerous people in their homes and in nursing homes as part of his ministry to the sick. He calls it the most enjoyable and rewarding part of his week.
He resides on Constitution Street with his dog Pearse.
A wise man once told me “When all is said and done, more is said and less is done”. In the case of this year’s Chief Marshal it’s just the opposite. This gentleman has served the people of Bristol all of his life and has unselfishly done so much for the town.

It is a great honor and privilege to introduce to you the Chief Marshal of the 229th longest continuous Independence Day Celebration in the Country… Ladies and Gentlemen - David E. Barboza.


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