Patrolman Alje M. Savela

Patrolman Alje M. Savela

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, August 31, 1951

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Alje M. Savela

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.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; 9 mm
  • Offender Never identified

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Patrolman Savela, it has been 72 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn, and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

September 3, 2023

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