Tewksbury Memorial High School graduate DJ Naughton, left, received his badge in a pinning ceremony earlier today in Fredericksburg, Va., where he attends the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy.
Naughton is a 2018 graduate of TMHS, where he ran track. He went on to attend New England College in Henniker, NH, majoring in Criminal Justice and competing on the college’s cross-country team. He will graduate from the Rappahannock Academy on Dec. 15 after completing a 20-week training program and will serve on the Fredericksburg force for at least four years.
While in Tewksbury schools, Naughton took part in the Tewksbury Police Department’s Junior Police Academy program and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety Academy.
“He’s wanted to be a police officer since he was three years old,” said his mother, Cathy Naughton. During Covid, DJ studied from his home on Pratt St. and maintained high grades. He is an IAABO certified basketball official and long-time employee of Wamesit Lanes, joining the venue when it opened and continuing through May.
Naughton shared his pinning ceremony with Ian Morse of Hudson, NH, on right. Morse was Naughton’s college roommate, and the two will complete the academy and serve together on the Fredericksburg force.
Service runs in the family: DJ’s younger brother, Matthew Naughton, is also in uniform — in his case, U.S. Navy blues. Matt is a cybersecurity specialist and is stationed at Ft. Meade in Maryland.
The Carnation hopes to see DJ and Matt back in town over the holidays.