Massachusetts State Police troopers who were academy classmates of fallen Trooper Tamar Bucci have embarked on a journey to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, where her name will be added to the memorial next week.
Bucci, 34, who worked out of the Medford barracks, was killed in the line of duty last March when her cruiser was struck by a gasoline tanker on Route 93 in Stoneham as she was trying to pull over to help a stopped motorist.
Her academy classmates — young troopers who graduated as the 85th Recruit Training Troop — on Thursday held a ceremony at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro before beginning their trip to the nation’s capital and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
“We honor the sacrifice of Trooper Bucci, but more than that, we honor the life she lived and the people she touched,” Mass State Police Colonel John Mawn said during the ceremony at Gillette.
“As you travel together in her honor, I know that she lives on in each act of kindness you perform — in each embrace that you make — in each remembrance of her life that you share,” Mawn added. “And I know that those you meet along the way, though they may not have known Tamar, will remember her through how she touched all of us here today.”
As part of their actions to honor Bucci, and in recognition of Bucci’s commitment to serving others, her classmates will perform an “Act of Kindness” in every state that they pass through on the way to Washington, D.C.
The troopers on Thursday performed their first “Act of Kindness” — bringing gifts to healthcare workers at Mass General Brigham’s new Center for Sports Performance and Recovery, located next to the stadium.
“It was an honor to come together to remember and honor fallen Massachusetts State Police Trooper Tamar Bucci today at Mass General Brigham Center for Sports Performance and Research and we are humbled to have been chosen as the Massachusetts site for the group’s first ‘Act of Kindness’ of the day,” said Elizabeth Matzkin, co-leader of Women’s Sports Medicine for Mass General Brigham.
“Trooper Bucci was passionate about physical fitness and wellbeing and we are so pleased to have been part of such a special day, helping to lift up an area of healthcare that so naturally aligns with her legacy,” Matzkin added. “We wish them a day filled with wonderful memories, service to others and, above all, meaningful recognition of Trooper Bucci’s lasting legacy.”
Established in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Last year, 245 officers lost their lives in service across the country.