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Rutland Herald Tuesday Morning May 11, 1965
Capt. Mooney Retires After 34 Years as Employee of City
By Pat Slattery
Capt. Raymond R Mooney, a city policeman for 28 years and a city employee for 34 years has retired.
In a letter to Chief of Police John L. Dinn, Mooney stated he regretted to retire but due to a disability he felt it necessary.
Mooney suffered a stroke in March 1964 and after a stay in the White River Junction Veterans Hospital has been convalescing at his home in Rutland.
Mooney is paralyzed on his left side but is able to walk about a little.
He began work with the City Water Department in May 1931 and in March 1937 he left to become a special policeman. He was appointed a regular by then Chief William Fox on Aug. 16, 1937.
He has remained with the Police Department since then except for his service in Europe with the Army from 1942 to 1945.
He returned to his patrolman duties in May of 1946 and was appointed first sergeant on April 21, 1947.
He was appointed Captain July 22, 1955 by Chief Dinn. When Mooney began the police force numbered only 14 men including the chief, and had only a squad car and motorcycle. Of the original force only two are left, Chief Dinn and Patrolman Clayton Peer. Mooney served under four chiefs. Besides Fox and Dinn he also worked for Chief J. Fred Carbine and Chief Harold Potter.
Mooney said Sunday night that he would like to be able to tell a big story about all the hoodlums he caught but that he worked on a little bit of everything from stolen cars to family squabbles.
“He was a very good officer and he will be missed because of his loyalty and interest in his job,” Chief Dinn said.
Although Dinn did not cite any specific rough and tumble case that Mooney and he had worked on together he did say that “he was a top-notch fellow and good to have along when there was trouble.”
Mooney is married to the former Miss Mary O'Rourke and has one son, Raymond.
Dinn said he will name Captain Mooney's successor in the near future. Dinn appointed Sgt. Samuel Gorruso acting captain last October.
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