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Thousands of Honors Massachusetts Soldier Tamar Bucci Fallen At Revere Funeral – CBS Boston


REVERE (CBS) – About 2,000 law enforcement officers came to Priest Wednesday to join family and friends as they paid their last respects to the fallen Massachusetts State Soldier. Tamar Bucci at her funeral.

Bucci was killed on March 4, when an oil tanker crashed into her cruiser on Interstate 93 in Stoneham as she stopped in a lane to help a motorist. She was 34 years old.

“It is clear that an outstanding career marked by achievement, increasing levels of responsibility and rank awaits her,” State Police Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Mason said.

Soldier Tamar Bucci. (Image source: Massachusetts State Police)

A large display of uniformed officers greet when Soldier Bucci’s coffin was escorted from the hearse into the Church of Saint Anthony.

“It’s not easy to lose a colleague, a friend, it’s been difficult for us,” said Patrick McNamara, president of the Massachusetts State Police Association.

“We do this job and wear our boots and uniforms every day to help the public and be ready for anything,” said Amanda King, Rhode Island State Police Commissioner.

“You know when you go into the profession, apply to every department, wear your badge every day, you might face something and not be able to come home at night,” said Portsmouth, RI Police Officer Annmarie Stewart speak.

The six pallbearers were all female soldiers who had been Bucci’s classmates during training. The ministry said they were the first to be all-female to join the funeral service under the MSP’s mandate.

At the end of the funeral Mass, Jim Burditt, Bucci’s stepfather, said she would appreciate it.

“She is looking down, feeling proud and smiling at each one of you. I also knew she was probably saying, “It’s time for the ladies to carry me.” Burditt told the packed church.

After Mass, an unridden horse passed by the church, in keeping with police funeral tradition. A pair of upside down boots are also on the pedestal, representing a fallen officer taking one last look at his colleague.

A radio signal was then broadcast, saying “cruiser 1832, Soldier Bucci, rest in peace”, officially signaling the end of the sentry. Funeral services are private.

Soldiers escort the coffin at the start of the funeral for Soldier Tamar Bucci. (WBZ-TV)

“I think they will miss her manners, her good will,” said Lieutenant Colonel Mason, told reporters before the funeral.

“She really is a nice, nice person. Someone you want to have as a colleague, someone you want to represent your agency, and someone you want to serve the public. She is truly a soldier for the times we are in now. So that’s what makes this a huge loss for the Massachusetts State Police, and of course the Bucci family.”

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“It was a difficult week. It certainly highlights for the soldiers the dangers of the job and it also has a ripple effect. Loved ones at home carry the burden of worry when we’re on patrol, which affects them a lot,” Mason said.

About 2,000 law enforcement officers attended Trooper Bucci’s funeral. (WBZ-TV)

Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant General Karyn Polito and Attorney General Maura Healey were among those attending Wednesday’s Mass.

Image: Funeral for soldier Tamar Bucci

About 1,200 law enforcement officers came to pay their respects at Trooper Bucci’s wake up Tuesday afternoon.

No school on Revere Wednesday due to funerals. Several roads were closed around the church on Revere Street for processions before and after Mass.

Bucci become a soldier in May 2020. She was the 22nd Massachusetts State Soldier to die in the line of duty.





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