Bay State he­roes in blue lauded

Boston Herald - - OBITUARIES - By O’RYAN JOHN­SON — oryan.john­son@boston­her­ald.com

The chil­dren, wives and loved ones of Bay State po­lice of­fi­cers who were killed in the line of duty gath­ered yes­ter­day for a cer­e­mony at the State House.

“At any point in time, the peo­ple who have sworn an oath to pro­tect us can be walk­ing into some­thing that goes from just an­other mo­ment at work, to a life-threat­en­ing cir­cum­stance and sit­u­a­tion,” Gov. Char­lie Baker said. “It’s in­cum­bent on the rest of us who ben­e­fit from their courage and their com­mit­ment that we take th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties to say God Bless and thank you to them, and es­pe­cially to their fam­i­lies and those they leave be­hind.”

The 31st an­nual Mas­sachusetts Law En­force­ment Me­mo­rial Foun­da­tion cer­e­mony saw the in­duc­tion of eight of­fi­cers to the ranks of those who lost their lives in the line of duty. Among them were Som­er­set po­lice of­fi­cer Ben­jamin Voss, state trooper Thomas Clardy, and Auburn po­lice of­fi­cer Ron­ald Tar­entino Jr.

Voss, 35, was with his fam­ily in Septem­ber 2013 when he col­lapsed shortly af­ter leav­ing work. He was hos­pi­tal­ized, but never re­cov­ered. Clardy, 44, was on duty and pulled over on the side of the Mas­sachusetts Turn­pike in Charl­ton when a mo­torist hit his cruiser March 16, 2016. Tar­entino, 42, was shot and killed while con­duct­ing a traf­fic stop in May 2016.

Baker said, “I hope the fact that we come back, year af­ter year, to take this time to tell you how much we ap­pre­ci­ated who you are, what you are, and what you and your fam­ily and your fam­ily mem­ber have been all about, is some con­so­la­tion for your ter­ri­ble loss.”

HER­ALD PHO­TOS BY JEFF PORTER

GUARD OF HONOR: Color guard and Bos­ton po­lice, above and be­low, stand dur­ing the 31st An­nual Me­mo­rial Cer­e­mony at the Mas­sachusetts State House yes­ter­day.

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