Talk Radio 1210 WPHT is partnering with Barbera on the Boulevard to thank the men and women of local law enforcement. Listen to Rich Zeoli every first Friday of the month for Barbera Backs the Badge. Rich will feature a different officer every month sharing their stories with you.
SERGEANT SYLVIA YOUNG
Sergeant Young is a 19 year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Force where she is assigned to the 22nd District serving West Philadelphia.
OFFICER THOMAS FARRELL & OFFICER CHRISTOPHER SIMONE
Officer Thomas Farrell grew up in the Hunting Park section of Northeast Philadelphia where he attended Cardinal Dougherty High School. Officer Farrell graduated the Police Academy in June 1994. After graduation, he was assigned to the Center City District and since he has served in the 35th District in Olney and Highway Patrol . Officer Farrell is currently assigned to the 2nd District in the Mayfair Section of the City. He has served in the U.S. Army for 8 years and always wanted to serve my city that I grew up in. Officer Farrell is married to his wife Gina and they have a daughter Krystal (19) and a son Tommy (17).
Officer Christopher Simone grew up in the Tacony section of Northeast Philadelphia where he attended Father Judge High School. Officer Smone graduated the Police Academy in December 1996. After graduation, he was assigned to the 23rd District in the North Philadelphia section of the City. Officer Simone is currently assigned to the 2nd District in the Mayfair Section of the City. He is former U.S. Marine and after serving the United States he felt it his duty to serve his city. Officer Simone is married to his wife Tina and they have two sons Christopher and Alex.
CHIEF GREGORY C. MASI
The Philadelphia Second Alarmers were organized in 1921 and is now entering their 93rd year of service. The mission statement of the 2nd Alarmers is to provide Emergency Scene Rehabilitation at emergency scenes. They provide hot and cold beverages, food and various types of equipment that will be utilized by our emergency responders. Their firehouse is located in East Falls, where they house 4 pieces of apparatus. Each one is equipped to supply wide area lighting, Communications equipment, SCBA cylinders and creature comforts, such as gloves, hoods, misting fans, and hand warmers and heaters during the winter season. Many of their members are Emergency Medical Technicians.
Gregory Masi was elected as Chief of the 2nd Alarmers in 2001. In addition to his duties as Chief of the 25 member organization, he is currently a police sergeant, with 39 years of service and is assigned to the Philadelphia Communications 9-1-1- center. He has always been involved in public safety since his early days. In 1973, he was a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department, Reserve Fire Force, which was a total volunteer organization. They were dispatched on every major fire in the city to help the firefighters set up equipment. He was promoted to Lieutenant before leaving to join the Philadelphia Police Department in 1977. He is married to Marsha Masi, who is also a member of the 2nd Alarmers. Chief Masi’s son Greg Jr became a Philadelphia Firefighter in February of this year and is currently assigned to Engine 68 in West Philadelphia.
OFFICER JAMES MCCULLOUGH
Officer James McCullough grew up in the East Torresdale section of Northeast Philadelphia. He attended Father Judge High School and graduated in 2010. Officer McCullough graduated from the Police Academy in December of 2014. After graduation, he was assigned to the 25th District in the Kensington Section of the city where he was on foot-beat for six months. He was then sent to a permanent assignment which was the 18th district in Southwest Philadelphia.
Officer McCullough is a first generation Police Officer who always knew from a young age that he wanted to pursue a career in service to my community and/or country whether it be in the Police Department, Fire Department or Military Service.
Officer McCullough has a two-year old daughter named Callina. He and his fiancé, Samantha, are planning to be married in May, 2017. He is currently enrolled at Holy Family University scheduled to graduate in the Spring 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Criminal Justice.