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Summit County sheriff’s deputy has nearly fifty years on the job

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Summit County Sheriff’s deputy Carmine DiBartolomeo saw prison uprisings and anti-war riots. He was there when the buses in south Boston were desegregated, and he remembers when the first female officers joined his police force.

“It has been a wonderful, wonderful career,” DiBartolomeo says of his nearly 50 years in law enforcement, which has landed him posts from state patrol trooper, to special service investigator to sergeant.

Originally from Massachusetts, DiBartolomeo said he never considered any other career.

He was hired on by the Massachusetts State Police in the early 1960s and worked his way up through the ranks to sergeant and assistant barracks commander, the state’s highest non-commissioned police position in just 10 years.

He was present for historical events from school desegregation (which went pretty smoothly, he said) to the 1970 Harvard anti-war riots (which definitely did not).

During his years with the Massachusetts State Police he oversaw gaming raids and auto-theft investigations and even had an opportunity to attend the FBI academy in Quantico, Va.

“The state police were really good to me,” he says looking back on his more than 30 years on the force.

So what, eventually, drew him to Colorado? In a word, love.

DiBartolomeo was somewhat less than enthused when a friend who lived in Colorado invited him out for a visit.

“I said to him, ‘What do I want to come out to Colorado for? If I want cold and snow I’ll stay put here in Massachusetts,'” DiBartolomeo remembers.

But eventually, he did come visit and it was here, at the station where his friend’s son worked as a Dillon police officer that he met the woman who would eventually become his wife.

Soon after, DiBartolomeo abandoned plans to move to Arizona and relocated to Summit County instead. In 2004 he married his wife and in 2007 he was hired on by the sheriff’s office.

Today he holds down the joint duties of greeting and screening people as they walk into the Summit County Justice Center, and he takes both jobs seriously.

“You meet a lot of nice folks, and my partner and I really try to make their visit here a little more enjoyable,” DiBartolomeo said. “I know it’s a stressful thing, they’re coming in, they’re going to court. We try to make them laugh.”

DiBartolomeo’s law enforcement career began in Massachusetts in 1964, a time when police work was a man’s game.

But as the years passed and he advanced through the ranks of the Massachusetts State Police, women were introduced to it. It was a change DiBartolomeo was uncertain about at first, especially when he learned that one of the first women assigned to work for him as a state trooper was the commissioner’s daughter

“I had to be careful because I had the boss’s daughter,” he said. “But she turned out to be one devil of a trooper. This girl was afraid of nothing.”

He says today, women play an important role in law enforcement.

DiBartolomeo saw a lot during his time as an investigator and a state trooper, which he now refers to as his years “on the road.”

He remembers a raid on a “gaming house” when he and his unit discovered a collection of then-illegal slot machines and dumped them in the ocean.

As a state trooper and later a sergeant, DiBartolomeo said his work was fun for the most part.

“It was a lot different then than it is today,” DiBartolomeo said of his years on the road. “(In) the respect that you get from people. If you asked someone to do something, more likely than not they would do it. It’s come a long way, for good or for bad.”

These days, he says he wouldn’t trade his job in courthouse security to be back on the road, and he isn’t ready to talk about retirement either, at least for a few more years.

“If I could do this for another 30 years and still retire I probably would,” DiBartolomeo said. “I know I can’t do it for that much longer, but (as long as) I can I’m enjoying it.”

When he signed on as a deputy, he promised the sheriff at least five years. He said he won’t retire before he has fulfilled that commitment and he and his wife are financially ready.

When that day arrives, they’ll be off to Italy for some fine wine, good gelato and a well-earned break.

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