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Chelsea officer John Gravallese: Haunted by decision to go to King Arthur’s

John Gravallese is still serving as a Chelsea police officer.
John Gravallese is still serving as a Chelsea police officer. Credit: Steven A. Rosenberg/Globe Staff

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John Gravallese wonders what his life might be like now if he wasn’t working the overnight shift on July 23, 1982.

Of the six Chelsea police officers to respond to King Arthur’s around 4:30 that morning, Gravallese is the only one left in the department. That day, he was 33 and a four-year veteran of the squad. At 63, Gravallese could have retired years ago, but wants to stay on the force.

When he arrived at King Arthur’s that morning, he was told that an Everett policeman was in trouble. “Basically, people were running all over the place. We had no idea who it involved or what it involved,” said Gravallese.

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