Serving his country and community has been a lifelong career for school police officer Salvatore Longo, who is one of the many United States Armed Forces veterans working in the School District of Palm Beach County.
Longo, who served in the U.S. Army from 1983 to 1989, went to Grenada as a Communications Scout in 1983. “My job was to look for the enemy, call back if I find them, and get out of there without being seen,” Longo said.
Longo has been with the School District Police Department since 2006. He is now a School Police officer on the campus of Palm Beach Central High School.
“The kids tell me everything, and I think it makes them feel safe – especially when they know my background,” Longo said. “They see that I actually care. I take it seriously.”
After his military service, Longo served as an officer for the New York Police Department and was there during 9-11. Once he retired from NYPD in 2005, it was time to move south.
“When I got to South Florida, I knew I had to serve the schools, to help the kids and keep them safe,” Longo said.
On Veterans Day Longo says he thinks about the sacrifice others make to keep our country safe. Whether they serve during times of war or peace, they’re all heroes to him.
“I’m not in it because I want the recognition; I love what I do and honor my fellow veterans,” Longo said.
The School District of Palm Beach County salutes its District personnel who served in the armed forces.
On Friday, Longo was among more than 40 employees honored during the School District of Palm Beach County’s annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center. The ceremony included the Presentation of the Colors by the Forest Hill Community High School Army JROTC and performances by the Jupiter Middle School Band and Palm Beach Central Community High School Student Quartet.