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Local church honors retiring Springfield police commissioner

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

In just over a month from now, Springfield police Commissioner William Fitchet will retire.

On Sunday night, a Mass of Thanksgiving was held in Fitchet's honor at the Holy Name Church on Dickinson Street.

Fitchet told CBS 3 that the night had special meaning, as he used to attend the church as a young boy and took part in its baseball program.

Fitchet said there are many memories he is going to take away from his time with the Springfield Police Department.

"I worked in the narcotics bureau for 15 years, took out a lot of search warrants, kicked in a lot of doors," said Fitchet. "[I] worked undercover four different times. So, I have a lot of memories and a lot of things I'm proud of."

Fitchet will retire on June 30 after 41 years with the department.

Deputy Commissioner John Barbieri has been named Fitchet's replacement.

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