Shortly thereafter, he received another call because the same victim was being victimized by a similar scam.
“The scammers will keep calling,” he said. “They’ll start out being very friendly, but when the money’s not coming they’ll start to get agitated, and scare the seniors into sending the money.”
In addition to law enforcement and safety issues, Lesch has been an advocate for seniors as a 12-year chairman of the Council on Aging, where he is still a member.
“He’s very important to all of us in town here,” said Denis Golden, 69, enjoying lunch of the senior center. “He’s got fine character and helps us all out, makes sure all of us are safe.”
McCarthy, the Rockport chief, recalled that a few years ago Lesch passed the sergeant’s exam but turned down a promotion because it would have meant giving up his responsibilities to the town’s senior population. “I was amazed that he turned it down — shocked — but that’s Roger,” he said.
“When people realized Roger was going to retire, I got phone calls from Senior Care and other agencies asking who was going to replace him,” the chief recalled. “I said, to be honest, ‘I don’t have any idea about who could even come close to doing what he does.’ ”
David Rattigan may be reached at DRattigan.Globe@gmail.com.