BOSTON (WWLP) – Top state leaders and the law enforcement community paid tribute Wednesday to hundreds of police officers killed while protecting the Commonwealth. Four names were added to the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial in Boston this year.
“We protect those who can’t protect themselves and we do that knowing that we may never return home to our own safe haven – our own love from our children and our families,” said Boston Police Detective Cecil Jones, who also heads the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation.
This comes as demonstrators from across the country take to the streets to protest deadly police shootings of black men. Governor Charlie Baker told 22News more can always be done to keep both communities and police safe.
“Can they be better? Can we all be better? Sure, and we should always strive to be better and people talked about the changes in training and adjustments to equipment. That’s all hugely important,” he said.
State and local police chiefs solemnly read the names of the more than 350 officers killed in the line of duty, including Springfield Police Officer Kevin E. Ambrose and Officer Alan Beauregard.
The ceremony also recognized Virginia Police Officer Ashley Guindon and Dallas Police Officer Michael Krol. Both officers were murdered this year, and had ties to western Massachusetts.
Massachusetts State Trooper Thomas Clardy and Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino will be added to the memorial next year.