Auburn, MA -Police departments from every corner of Massachusetts, New England and across the country turned out on Thursday in solemn remembrance to pay final respects to Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr. whose end of watch came on May 22.
Tarentino was taken from his family, friends and the community he served in a line of duty death, in the early morning hours on Sunday, while conducting a routine traffic stop. The Auburn Police officer was shot multiple times, succumbing to his injuries. He left his wife Tricia of twenty years and three sons, Ron III, Spenser and Kyle.
“You couldn’t find anyone to say a bad word about him,” Tim Griffiths, Leicester Wolverines football coach said. “It’s just the type of guy he was.”
Griffiths took a moment to speak with press while attending Tarentino’s wake on Thursday. Current and past members of the Wolverines team who came to pay their respect to the Tarentino family joined him. Tarentino’s oldest son, Ron played for Griffiths before graduating and joining the Army.
Hundreds of police and emergency management personnel paid tribute to Tarentino in a traditional parade march and walk-by. Community leaders, students, teachers, friends and family lined up, stretching around the sprawling grounds as far as the eye could see. The officer’s cruiser, adorned in funeral bunting stood outside the church, as did his cherished black Mustang. American flags greeted mourners as they arrived and lined the grassy area surrounding the church. Mourners waited quietly in the hot sun as the police procession filed by, a solemn reminder of the danger and sacrifice taken by law enforcement every day, every shift.
Police and fire personnel volunteered to cover shifts and maintain Auburn police and fire to allow the departments to attend the services. Auburn police paid special thanks to the Boston Police Departmentfor all of their help throughout the week in a social media post.
“Thank you BPD.. For everything you’ve done for us since Sunday. Huge respect,” Auburn Police wrote onTwitter. Tributes continued to pour in, marquees, bridges and buildings were lit in blue, fundraisers for the family were undertaken and community support for the Tarentino family was without fail.
The funeral mass is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, followed by Christian burial at Greenville Baptist Church Cemetery in Leicester, where Tarentino and his family lived. Tarentino served the Leicester Police Department for seven years before transferring to Auburn two years ago.
This article originally appeared at Examiner.com on May 29, 2016.