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All day long they came to pay their respects to fallen Auburn Massachusetts Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr. who was fatally shot while conducting a routine traffic stop on Rochdale Street on May 22. Community members, families, moms, dads, children, fellow officers, DPW workers stopped at the Auburn Police Department and fallen officers memorial to lay flowers, pay respect to the department and remember Officer Tarentino.
Tarentino was a nine-year veteran officer who served two years with the Auburn Police Department after serving seven previous years with neighboring Leicester Police. A husband and father of three, Tarentino called Leicester home. A lifelong resident of the Commonwealth, Tarentino was born in Melrose and grew up in Tewksbury where he graduated from Tewksbury Memorial High School. He followed in the footsteps of his father Ronald Sr., a retired Medford patrolman, and became a police officer.
“Words can not adequately express our Department’s appreciation for the outpouring of support that we have received after the tragic loss of Officer Tarentino. Our Department has set up a Memorial Fund in the memory of Officer Tarentino for his wife and children,” Chief Andrew J. Slukis, Jr. posted on the department website. Tarentino leaves his wife Tricia and three sons, Private First Class Ronald Tarentino, III, Spenser and Kyle.
This post originally appeared on Examiner.com on May 24, 2016.