During a recent break between rain storms, state officials paused to honor 13 fallen Massachusetts law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. The 13 are the latest additions to the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial.

Governor Maura Healey delivered remarks during the annual Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony in Ashburton Park next to the State House. The event occurred on Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

Dartmouth Officer Charles Alexander Christie was among the officers honored during the ceremony.

Dartmouth Cop Added To Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial
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Officer Christie, a patrolman with the Dartmouth Police Department, died in the line of duty while directing traffic during the construction of Interstate 195 at Reed Road on August 8, 1966.

Christie was crushed by a large construction vehicle. He was 75 years old.

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The Reed Road overpass over I-195 was dedicated in Officer Christie's memory and still bears his name.

Officer Christie was born in New Bedford in 1891. When he was five, his family moved to Dartmouth, where he lived for the next 70 years.

Officer Christie's name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., on May 13, 2023 during the 35th Annual Candlelight Vigil during National Police Week.

Dartmouth Cop Added To Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial
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In addition to Officer Christie, the fallen officers recognized in September were: Patrolman William Ahearn (Boston PD 1918), Sergeant Harold Collins (Metropolitan Police 2012), Patrolman Edward Day (Boston PD 1918), Patrolman Joseph Francis Ebelein (Boston PD 1918),

Also: Patrolman John Fitzgerald (Boston PD 1908), Officer Frederick Louis Forni (Saugus PD 2021), Patrolman Frederick Joseph Gibney (Boston PD 1918), Officer Loi Hu Ha (UMass Memorial Medical Center PD 2021), Patrolman Lawrence Nagle (Boston PD 1918), Patrolman Peter Neary (Boston PD 1918), Officer Jacob Eyssi (Lawrence PD 1993), and Trooper Tamar Anoush Bucci (Massachusetts State Police 2022).

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