By William Tauro
Robert “Bob” Hickey from Somerville, a class of 81 graduate of Somerville High, former SGT US Marine Corps 1981 to 1993.
While in the Marine Corps he transferred to Paris Island North Carolina 2nd Battalion platoon 2031 for basic training during May of 1981 where he later graduated from there in July 1981.
He then moved onto Jacksonville North Carolina Camp Lejeune in August of 1981, Okinawa Prefecture in October of 1981 at Camp Hansen 3rd FSSG 9th engineering support battalion then later deployed to Cuba where he did minefield maintenance.
He was later also deployed to Beruit and was stationed there during the bombing of our US Embassy on April 18, 1983 where the U.S. Embassy was attacked in Beirut by a suicide bomber that crashed a truck into the front of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, and detonated approximately 2,000 pounds of explosives.
The massive blast killed 63 people, including 17 Americans, some of whom were CIA officers.
When Bob returned to the states he later went onto college and received his BS in criminal justice at Curry College class of 2000.
He bought his home in Somerville in September of 1996 and then in 1995 became a Somerville Police Officer still to this day proudly serving on the department.
In 1985 Bob got married to Debbie, both raised eight children, 4 natural, 4 adopted.
His most recent baby adoption (#4) was earlier this month with Baby Serena who is 21 months old and Bob and his wife actually took her in at 2 weeks old. Bob told us that “She brings us joy, love, and laughter everyday.”
Bob also told us joking around that he said that he told his wife “I am buying the new baby a shirt that has the title of an old sitcom “Eight is Enough.”
Bob has also participated in many local charitable events in the city over the years especially with the Somerville Special Olympics.
He also has always been one of the first police officers in the city to volunteer his services to assist with funeral procession escorts to honor the deceased and help people during the healing process.
Bob has continuously been our hometown hero whether fighting for our country overseas to protecting us here in Somerville by keeping the city streets safe serving on the Somerville Police Department.
With credentials like that, he no doubt is an all around great Somerville guy and overwhelmingly earns the title of Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week!
We here at the Somerville News Weekly salute you for everything that you do to make Somerville a better place.