Methuen Police Department
For Immediate Release
Joseph Solomon, Chief of Police
Quinn Public Safety Building
90 Hampshire St.
Methuen, MA 01844
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Auto Body Instructor Thomas Hatem Restores Police Call Box for Methuen Police Department’s Artifact Collection
METHUEN — Mayor Steve Zanni and Police Chief Joseph Solomon would
like to thank Thomas Hatem, the auto body instructor at the Greater
Lawrence Vocational School, for restoring a police call box which was
discovered by a Methuen Police Officer last year.
In the summer of 2016, Officer Aaron Little located the call box and
pedestal at the intersection of Jackson Street and Berkley Street in
Lawrence. It was covered in a trash bag and duct tape, and in poor
condition due to weather damage.
Police Chief Joseph Solomon (left) with Thomas Hatem (right). Hatem
restored a police call box and pedestal for the Methuen Police’s
artifact collection. (Courtesy Photo)
Officer Little contacted Chief Solomon about the possibility of
repairing the call box and adding it to the Methuen Police Department’s
artifact collection, which includes items such as old police logs,
uniforms and equipment.
Chief Solomon then contacted Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick
and Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty, who generously donated the call
box to the collection.
After Methuen Police received the call box, Officer Little reached
out to Hatem and asked if he would repair the call box. Hatem donated
the time and materials for the project, which took approximately two
months to complete. He has previously assisted with other projects for
the Methuen Police Department, including repairs to rust or small dents
on undercover police cars.
“I would like to extend many thanks to Thomas Hatem for his work over
the years which has benefitted the police department and city as a
whole,” Mayor Zanni said. “He has sacrificed his time to provide another
piece of quality work to the department.”
“Thomas Hatem has volunteered many hours and materials from his
garage in order to restore the police call box and pedestal, which
turned out to be a wonderful addition to our collection,” Chief Solomon
said. “We are grateful for the work that he has done for the Methuen
Police Department to facilitate various projects and thank him for his
continual willingness to assist us.”
The call box and pedestal are currently on display at the entrance of Sanborn Hall.