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Flags Flying At Half-Staff In Massachusetts For Waltham Police Officer Killed During Roadwork Detail

December 8, 2023

Flags are flying at half-staff in Massachusetts in honor of Paul Tracey, a long-time Waltham police officer killed Wednesday while on duty as a roadside work site.

A speeding Ford pickup truck driven by a New Hampshire man with a history of mental illness and attacks on police struck and killed Tracey, 58, and a National Grid gas operations technician, Roderick Jackson, 36, on Tottem Pond Road in Waltham during the late afternoon of Wednesday, December 6.

Two other National Grid workers were also injured in the crash.

The suspect, Peter J. Simon, 54, has been charged with two counts of manslaughter, among other charges.

Governor Maura Healey on Thursday, December 7 ordered all U.S. flags and Massachusetts flags at state government buildings to be lowered to half-staff.

“My heart goes out to the friends, family, and colleagues of Officer Paul Tracey and Roderick Jackson who were senselessly killed, and I am praying for the swift recovery of those injured,” Healey said in a written statementThursday.

Tracey leaves behind a wife and two children.

“Beyond his duties, Paul was a loving husband, a devoted father, and a pillar of our community. His kindness and gentle spirit touched everyone he met, and his absence will be deeply felt by all,” the Waltham Police Department said on its Facebook page.


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