Sergeant Michael Allen Towner

Sergeant Michael Allen Towner

Worcester Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Michael Allen Towner

Sergeant Michael Towner succumbed to injuries sustained six weeks earlier while struggling with a violent subject at a basketball game.

He and another officer were working security at the game. After removing a vocally abusive subject the officers attempted to arrest him. During the ensuing struggle, Sergeant Towner and the suspect both slipped on a patch of ice. The suspect then fled but was caught a short distance away and arrested.

Sergeant Towner began experiencing shortness of breath. He was transported to a local hospital where he underwent emergency heart surgery. He remained in the hospital until passing away on April 7th, 2009.

Sergeant Towner had served with the Worcester Police Department for 33 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 58
  • Tour 33 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Incident Date Monday, February 23, 2009
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

arrest, disorderly

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Sergeant Tower, it has been 14 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 that you and too many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

April 7, 2023

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