New Bedford Police Chief David Provencher dead at 59

He had been with the department for thirty-five years

At approximately 7:30p.m. Sunday evening, New Bedford Police Chief David A. Provencher passed away at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, according to a statement from the office of Mayor Jon Mitchell. Photo Courtesy: WPRI

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) – At approximately 7:30p.m. Sunday evening, New Bedford Police Chief David A. Provencher passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, according to a statement from the office of Mayor Jon Mitchell.

Chief Provencher became the Police Chief in New Bedford in 2011, at the age of 54.

He had been with the department for thirty-five years at the time of his passing, the last five years as the chief.

In a statement Sunday, Mayor Mitchell said: “Tonight the City of New Bedford lost an outstanding police chief and a great man. Our prayers go out to Dave’s family. We will do everything in our power to support them at this most difficult time.”

The Mayor went on to say “Chief Provencher leaves behind a legacy of a more modern and effective police department and a stronger New Bedford community. I am shocked and saddened by his passing. I will miss him as a colleague and friend.”

The cause of Chief Provencher’s death was respiratory arrest.

Funeral arrangements for the chief will be announced by the Mayor’s office as soon as they are made.

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