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Patrolman Gerard Francis DuFresne | Randolph Police Department, Massachusetts Randolph Police Department, Massachusetts

Patrolman

Gerard Francis DuFresne

Randolph Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Wednesday, November 19, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Sentenced to three years

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Patrolman Gerard DuFresne was struck and killed by a drunk driver while attempting to stop the vehicle. He was on foot patrol in the center of town when he heard a radio call from an officer that the was following a car being driven erratically. As the car approached Patrolman DuFresne's position he stepped into the roadway in an attempt to get the driver to stop. The vehicle instead struck the officer and continued down the street where it finally flipped over and the suspect was apprehended. The suspect claimed that he could have avoided Patrolman DuFresne but decided to strike him instead of striking a building. The suspect was sentenced to three years in prison.

Patrolman DuFresne had been with the agency for three months and was survived by his wife.

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Gerry I go by to see you quite a bit.We where classmates at R.H.S.We both joined the US Navy.We saw each other in San Diego in 1968 before your West Pac Cruise.We had a few laughs about HighSchool.I became a Truro cop in April of 1975.When I received the news you were gone I was stunned.I have been to 2 police funerals both named Gerry.I know it has been over 40 years but seems like yesterday my friend.I know you are on your eternal patrol with a lot of heroes.I could never forget you with the fun we had.Until we meet again I pray that You are in good hands.

Dennis Devine Ptl. And BM2
Retired Middleboro PD. USN
March 8, 2016

 

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