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Patrolman Alje M. Savela | Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

Patrolman

Alje M. Savela

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Friday, August 31, 1951

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Never identified

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Patrolman Alje Savela was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on Route 122, in Barre, at 8:20 pm. A farmer heard several gun shots and found Patrolman Savela's body with seven 9 mm gunshot wounds.

One of the subjects in the case later shot and killed Assistant Superintendent James Godwin, of the Florida Department of Corrections, during an escape attempt on April 4th, 1955. The inmate died in prison.

Patrolman Savela had served with the Massachusetts State Police for four years and was assigned to A Troop. The range at the Massachusetts State Police Academy is named in his honor. He is buried at North Cemetery in Lunenberg, Massachusetts.

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End of Watch: Monday, April 4, 1955
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Today, August 31, 2017 the Massachusetts State Police takes a moment to honor and remember Patrolman Alje M. Savela on this his 66th anniversary. May he continue to rest in peace knowing that his memory, sacrifice and family have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police
August 31, 2017

 

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