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First Londonderry police sergeant remembered

By Melissa Proulx
Union Leader Correspondent

May 19. 2017 12:19AM

Gerald “Jerry” Gillespie (Courtesy)

LONDONDERRY ­— Walking into the Londonderry Police Department, you’re greeted by two photos hanging on the left side of the wall, one of which is a picture of Gerald “Jerry” Gillespie, who many at the department referred to as Sgt. G.

“We named it the Hall of Heroes because of Sgt. G’s service to the department,” said Londonderry Police Chief Bill Hart.

Gillespie died on May 3 after battling cardiac disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home in Goffstown. He was 88 years old.

Gillespie joined the Londonderry Police Department in 1978 after more than 20 years with the Bridgeport, Conn., Police Department. Gillespie was the first sergeant and supervisor for the Londonderry department, and later became its first prosecutor.

During his time in Londonderry, Hart said Gillespie was a mentor for many and a well respected professional.

“It’s not a small thing to say Jerry Gillespie made the Londonderry Police Department,” Hart said.

Many went to Gillespie for guidance, including Hart, who succeeded him as a prosecutor for the department.

“He was, in that capacity, someone who understood justice without mercy was simply vengeance,” Hart said.

After retiring from the Londonderry department, Gillespie served as a selectman for the town from 1990 until 1993. This was just another example of Gillespie’s love for the community, Hart said.

Along with his professional accomplishments, Gillespie also was a dedicated family man, Hart said.

“He was a husband; he was a father,” Hart said, “He was a friend.”

Gillespie is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Dorothy, along with his five children.


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