Join the Rotary Club of Auburn and the Horses and Heroes Foundation Inc. To dedicate the naming of police horse “Tarentino Strong” (shown, top, below) in honor of fallen Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr.  The dedication ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 12:00 noon at Lemansky Park, located at 22 Brayman St. in Auburn, across the street from the Auburn Police Station.

The naming event will be emceed by Karen Benson, owner and operator of Indian Rock Stables in Saugus. Attendees will include members of the Tarentino family and Auburn Police Chief Andrew J. Sluckis Jr.

“Both I and the men and women from the Auburn Police Department would like to express our gratitude to Skyllar Mullvaney and the Horses and Heroes Foundation for naming this horse in memory of Officer Tarentino,” Chief Sluckis states. “We would also like to thank the members of the Auburn Rotary Club for all of the assistance that was given to make this day possible.”

Officer Tarentino was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Rochdale Street, near Zabelle Avenue, in Auburn shortly after midnight on May 23, 2016. An occupant of the vehicle opened fire on him as he approached the car, striking him multiple times. Officer Tarentino was transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject who shot Officer Tarentino fled the scene, but was later located at an Oxford apartment building. As officers searched the apartment in which he was believed to have been hiding, they discovered a secret passage into an adjoining apartment. When the officers made entry into the second apartment, the subject exited a closet, and opened fire, wounding one Massachusetts State Police tactical team trooper before being killed.

Officer Tarentino had served with the Auburn Police Department for two years and had previously served with the Leicester Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Horses and Heroes Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization that purchases and names horses after police officers who have been either slain in the line of duty or involved in a selfless and heroic act while on duty. To date, the Foundation has bought for $1,000 each and donated 17 such horses in Massachusetts as well as Connecticut, Louisiana, Nevada and Virginia.

The Foundation seeks horses who are either mares or geldings, between two and 18 years old, of various sizes and colors, and, most importantly, brave and bold. “They must be able to handle the stresses and nuances of being a police horse,” states Skyllar Mullvaney of Revere, founder of the Horses and Heroes Foundation and a member of the Rotary Club of Malden.

Any police slain in the line of duty is also honored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. In May, Officer Tarentino’s family will travel to Washington, DC, to dedicate the placement of his name on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (shown, below, top). The horse, Tarantino Strong, will be on stationed in the national’s capitol at that time.

Founded in 1984, the Memorial Fund is dedicated to honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of law-enforcement officers in the United States. As a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, the Memorial Fund built and continues to maintain the Memorial, the nation’s monument to law-enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

The Memorial Fund is a principal organizer of the National Police Week observance each May and hosts a Candlelight Vigil at the Memorial each May 13 to honor all fallen officers. In addition, the Fund maintains the largest, most comprehensive database of line-of-duty officer deaths, conducts research into officer fatality trends and issues, and serves as an information clearinghouse.

For more information or questions, contact Auburn Rotary President Steve Jones-D’Agostino at 508-930-8675 or, or Horses and Heroes Foundation President Skyllar Mullvaney at 857-262-5737 or


The mission of the 73-year-old the Rotary Club of Auburn is “service above self.” The Auburn club belongs to District 7910 of Zone 32 of Rotary International, whose 1.2 million members globally come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

The Auburn club meets every other Wednesday at Chuck’s Steakhouse, located at 10 Prospect St. in Auburn.  Socializing begins at 5:30 p.m. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Steve Jones-D’Agostino, 2016-2017 president of the Rotary Club of Auburn, at 508-930-8675 or Visit Auburn Rotary’s website. “Like” Auburn Rotary’s Facebook page.