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Jan. 20, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 9

Boston College Police Officer Viriato "Vinny" Sena, now serving with the Marines in Iraq, recently sent this photo of himself to friends in the Boston College community.

BCPD's Sena Says 'Hello' from Iraq

He's in a dangerous place thousands of miles away, but Boston College Police Officer Viriato "Vinny" Sena's heart is still in Chestnut Hill.

Sena, who has been serving with the US Marines in Iraq since August, is keeping in touch via e-mail with several members of the Boston College community.

In one recent exchange of correspondence, in which he included digital photos taken of himself, Sena reported that "things are OK" in the on-going conflict and that "I look forward to getting back home to my family and friends at BC.

"Things are going as well as can be expected [in Iraq]" Sena wrote. "What you see on the news is most likely what is happening here." Sena said he could not reveal specific details on his location or duty assignment because of security restrictions.

A gunnery sergeant with a Marine military police unit, Sena was ordered to active duty from reserve status last spring. He arrived in Iraq on Aug. 8 and could serve overseas for up to a year.

"You could not ask for a more committed or dedicated police officer than Vinny Sena," said Boston College Police Chief Robert Morse. "Even though I get to 'talk' to him occasionally via e-mail, he is a man of a few words. I can't imagine what he has to put up with on a daily basis in Iraq.

"All of us miss him very much and look forward to the day he is back safely with us at BCPD," Morse said.

Sena, a nine-year University employee, has been a member of the Boston College Police Department since August of 1998.

-Reid Oslin

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