Who they’re remembering: Highlighting some fallen heroes

5 WMass police officers have died in line-of-duty since 1985

beauregard schiavina memorial cruiser

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The participants in the fourth annual Ride to Remember are keeping the memories of many fallen police officers alive, but some fallen officers in particular may be on the riders’ minds this year.

Alain Beauregard and Michael Schiavina: On November 12, 1985, Springfield Police Officers Alain Beauregard and Michael Schiavina were shot while making a routine traffic stop on Stebbins Street. Schiavina died the night of the shooting, while Beauregard passed away several days later.

John DiNapoli: On December 22, 1999, Holyoke Officer John DiNapoli was shot by a suspect that he was following in an unmarked cruiser. DiNapoli was taken to the hospital, where he died.

Kevin Ambrose: While dealing with a call about a restraining order on the morning of June 4, 2012, Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose was fatally shot.

Jose Torres: Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres was working a traffic detail on Pontoosic Road on July 26, 2012, when he was struck by a dump truck, killing him.

Sean Collier: Officer Sean Collier of the MIT Police Department was killed on April 18, 2013 during the manhunt for Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Thomas Clardy: Massachusetts State Trooper Thomas Clardy was killed on March 16, 2016, after his cruiser was struck from behind while he was making a traffic stop on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton.

Ronald Tarentino, Jr.: Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr. of the Auburn Police Department was fatally shot in the back during a traffic stop on  May 22, 2016.

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