GREENBURGH, N.Y. Police officer Giovanni Formaro grew up watching "CHiPs." As a child, he wanted to be a member of the police force, cruising around and helping those in need.
"'CHiPs' had a lot of car accidents, now that I think about it," said Formaro. "How many times did they go to flipped over vans? All the time. Burning cars? They were saving everyone all the time on those motorcycles."
On Wednesday, Formaro was promoted from police officer to detective. While the Greenburgh Police Department does not have motorcycles, Formaro brought a strong desire to help people as a paramedic. Four years as a Greenburgh paramedic, as well as several years beforehand, helped him feed that need.
"I like helping people," he said. "I like the action, but I do like, ultimately, helping people, and the challenge of figuring things out. I love my job. I really love working as a paramedic. I love working as a cop. You never know what you're going to get. And having a dual role, I really don't know what I'm going to get."
Formaro's job as a paramedic, he explained, can be the crucial difference between regretfully telling a woman that her husband died or receiving appreciation because he helped keep him alive or assisted in his recovery.
"Giovanni Formaro is a very dedicated and conscientious police officer," said Sgt. Anthony McVeigh. "He has done excellent work both as a police officer and paramedic for the Town of Greenburgh. It is not an easy task to balance both responsibilities."
Formaro is also the newest addition to the department's Technical Rescue Team, beginning in late-October. The voluntary team, led by McVeigh, requires extensive training to meet the requirements.
"He is constantly looking to improve his skills and experience level," McVeigh said. "We are more than happy to have him as the newest member of the Technical Rescue Team. I know he will do a great job in this elite unit."
Formaro became a member of the Greenburgh Police Department in 2007 after transferring from Larchmont. Although he has Italian roots, he was born in Canada, and his family moved to America when he was 5-years-old. Formaro graduated from Mamaroneck High School before receiving his EMS-Paramedic Associate's degree from Westchester Community College and his bachelor's from Pace University.
While Formaro said he is very excited about his promotion to detective, his thinks that his father might be even more excited. Formaro's family has a history of police and military officers in Italy, and his father is eager to see the tradition continue.
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