Chief Michael Lyle and other members of the Melrose Police Department joined a group of children and their parents and guardians for Pizza with the Chief at Gabriella’s Italian Pizzeria last night.

Pizza with the Chief was a prize given out as part of a fundraiser a the Victorian Fair, and the winner elected to bring the children along for the party. Along with Chief Lyle, high school resource officer Applegate and K-9 handler Officer Trainer took part in the evening’s festivities.

The children, who ranged in age from kindergarteners to fourth graders, all took part in engaging conversation with the chief and officers. The kids demonstrated “floss” dancing, asked loads of questions about police work and were surprised by an appearance from K-9 Nero.

Based on the success of the event, Chief Lyle has said he plans to make Pizza with the Chief an annual tradition in the years to come.

Jordan Mayblum is Account Director for Northern New England at John Guilfoil Public Relations LLC.

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