On Monday morning, a group of citizens gathered outside the Auburn Public Library to honor fallen police officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr. who was killed in the line of duty on May 22, 2016. The Swanson Rd. bridge over I-290 was dedicated in his memory as was a section of Rte. 9 in Leicester.
Tarentino served on the Leicester Police Department before transferring to Auburn, and he remains a highly respected officer on both. He also is remembered very fondly by the residents of Leicester where he lived with his wife and three sons. It seems like nearly everyone who interacted with Tarentino had a positive experience.
Town Manager Julie Jacobson welcomed guests on Monday and provided introductions for the many speakers including Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis, Leicester Police Chief James Hurley, and Congressman James McGovern.
Also speaking were State Senator Michael Moore and State Representatives Paul Frost and Kate Campanale. Jonathan Gulliver, Massachusetts Highway Administrator, unveiled the road signs recognizing Tarentino.
After the ceremony, Chief Sluckis told Auburn Mass Daily, “This is a great tribute to Ron’s memory. He and his family are very deserving.”
The Tarentino Family also published a statement, “We would like to thank everyone who made today’s dedication possible. It is a remarkable tribute to Ron that will help us continue to keep his memory and legacy alive. It’s difficult to believe that it has been two years since he was taken so abruptly from us and to see so many people continuing to honor him in so many has been truly heartwarming.”