Sgt. Mike Cassidy passed away April 28, 2021 after valiant battle with COVID-19. This was a tremendous loss to our department and to the City of New Bedford. Sgt. Cassidy was a proud US Marine and served this city with his whole heart.
He was the loving husband of Deborah A. (Fontaine) Cassidy and father to MacKenzie.
Born in New Bedford, he was the son of Stephen and Barbara (Cairns) Cassidy of Fairhaven.
Michael graduated in 1986 from Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Operation Desert Storm.
In 1994 Michael joined the New Bedford Police Department. He wore his badge proudly. Throughout his career he served in uniform patrol, narcotics, criminal investigation, and firearms. Sgt. Cassidy received two life-saving awards, many citations and accreditations for his military and police service from the city, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States Senate, and was a recipient of the American Red Cross Real Heroes Award. Sgt. Cassidy also taught use of force/defensive tactics, as well as being a firearms and CPR instructor.
Michael taught Kenpo Karate for many years and was a 5th degree black belt. He loved spending time with his family and their yearly trips to New Hampshire. He was an avid Boston sports fan, especially the Patriots and the Bruins. He loved music and listened to a wide range of genres.