Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr.

Auburn Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Sunday, May 22, 2016

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Reflections for Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr.

Although I did not know Officer Tarantino, being a born and raised Boston boy, a CJ major in college, a former PI and someone with family in Worcester and several friends in differentlaw enforcement agencies, I do remember when this happened and feeling the pain and anger from this tragic event. More importantly, yesterday I was at our nation's capital and visiting the Lincoln Memorial with my son, one of my cousin's from Virginia and her two children. Well as I was admiring the monument, I looked and the kids were gone. They had wondered over to say hello to this female officer on a horse. She was very nice and the horse was so beautiful and so majestic and calm while the three children patted him. As we were about to walk away I asked what the horses name was and she said "Tarantino. He was named after a fallen officer from Massachusetts."


March 6, 2022

5 years later and your legacy stands firm. Although it’s hard to believe it’s been that long . You will never be forgotten. I hope you are resting easy knowing your family , friends and brother/sisters in blue are thinking of you. Unlike the evil coward that took you away from us , Your death was not in Vain! Your sacrifice for your family, community and country will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Ofc Ron Tarentino you were a good one, Til Valhalla, we got it from here brother.

SPC. Alexei Orloff - US Army
Ofc. Alex Orloff -Worcester County Sheriffs Office

May 27, 2021

Today is just one of those days I'd really like to to talk with you. Just missing you, buddy.

Patrolman Robert Bjorkgren
Friend/Tewksbury Police Department

June 19, 2020

God bless you

Mark Mottola

May 23, 2020

My Big Brother,
It's been two and a half years since I've seen your smiling face and heard your one-of-a-kind laugh. Two and a half years since you were cruelly taken from us. It still feels like yesterday and I know it always will. I miss you more and more every single day, I have such a difficult time grasping the fact that you're really gone, it still doesn't feel real.
Your co-workers have been nothing short of incredible to us all since we lost you. They became our family instantly, over night, and we would be lost without them. Being apart of the family in Blue is truly special and there is nothing in the world like it. They have had our backs, been there to provide a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on, lifted us up and comforted us through every little thing. Their support is unwavering, to this day. I know they will be there for us for life. They are our true family, and we will forever be grateful for all they have done for us and to keep your memory alive. I always look forward to seeing them, because every time I do, I feel a little closer to you, like your there with me. They always have a new story to tell me and something you did to make them laugh, which makes me laugh. I know they love and miss you as much as we do.
I vow to you, that so long as I live and breathe, I will do everything in my power to ensure that you will never be forgotten. I vow to keep your spirit and memory alive and well in all that I do in life. I vow to do everything I can to help create a safer environment for our Police Officers, so that what happened to you won't happen again.
I miss you so incredibly much, you took half of me with you when you left, but everything I do, I do for you. I love you so much.
My Brother, My Hero.
All my Love,

Sister of Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr. E.O.W. - 05/22/16

November 30, 2018

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

August 30, 2018

Rest in peace Officer Tarentino. your bravery shall be saluted. I was wondering if you were related to movie director Quentin Tarentino.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 25, 2018

My condolences to the family and friends on the 1 year anniversary of this fallen hero.

Hannah Penn
Friend of Ofc. Eric Mumaw EOW 2/2/17

May 22, 2017

May you rest in peace on your first anniversary and the hope that your family and co-workers can assuage their grief. You are a hero and have a place in the kingdom of God. That evil soul is now in hell.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

May 22, 2017

Thank you for your sacrifice and may you rest in peace.

Travis D. Bird
Commonwealth's Attorney - Spotsylvania County, VA

August 11, 2016

Rest in Peace, Police Officer Ronald Tarentino. Thank you for your service to this country and your community. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and your department at this time.

Chief Reuben C. Black
Barnwell Police Dept., Barnwell, SC

July 20, 2016

May you rest in peace my brother, I will miss our times together, especially during hunting season. You always had a smile on your face and was there to help whenever needed. I am honored to have been your friend and will never forget you. Love you bro.

Patrolman Michael Lombardozzi
Leicester Police Department

July 19, 2016

My nephew, I still cannot totally digest that you are no longer with me in this world. I am at a loss for words. I do not think it will ever sink in. I hope you are at peace and that you rest easy, you are certainly deserving of it. Your beautiful family is surrounded by some of the most dedicated men and women that are your colleagues, and they watch over them. I keep thinking of all the good times we shared over the years and I always end up with a smile on my face because they were all good. Although we were uncle and nephew, we were only 10 years apart in age. I miss hearing your laugh, and your always referring to Lori as "Auntie". I miss talking to you and referring to Spenser as "Luke". When you got on the "job" your new busy schedule, and my busy schedule kept us from doing all the fun things we shared but I am fortunate to have all of those memories. I honestly believe that if I can become half the man you are when I grow up, that I will have accomplished something in my life. I love and miss you more that words can describe, and you are in my every waking thought every minute of everyday. Thank you for being the person you are, and for being my friend. I am so proud of you and I WILL see you again some day. Hugs and Kisses, Uncle Lar.

Officer Lawrence J. James
Medford Police Department, MA / Proud Uncle

July 18, 2016

Rest in peace my cousin. As I told the family at your services I will proudly hold the blue torch high down in Florida. I got it from here.

Sr. Deputy Joe Durney
Volusia County Sheriff's Office

July 16, 2016

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

Frank J Kapusta
Moahwk Police Department

July 2, 2016

God's peace and speed Officer Tarentino. Thank you for your brave, dedicated service. RIP Brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago Police Dept.

June 27, 2016

Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr was an officer that all of our officers enjoyed working with. Ron was a funny charismatic guy with a great sense of humor. Many of our officers fell victim to his practical jokes.
Ron was the guy that dropped whatever he was doing to help a friend or somebody in need. Ron was not a judgmental person and gave everyone the Benefit of doubt.
Ron was a great family man, and worked long hours to provide for his wife and three boys.
Ron, I can't believe you had been taken from us a month ago. You and your family have been continuously in my thoughts and prayers.
Happy Birthday my friend and may you rest in peace. Your brothers & sisters at APD miss you.

Detective Eric Dyson
Auburn police department

June 22, 2016

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright BMI © 1993 - All Rights Reserved

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

June 21, 2016

RIP Brother.Thank you & God Bless.

Lt.Robert M.Petty (ret)
No.Bergen, N.J. P.D.

June 15, 2016

God Bless you our Brother in Blue. Prayers out to all of your family, friends, and co-workers. I know that you will be missed, but I'm certain that you will never be forgotten.

Former Deputy/Jail Officer
Wayne County Sheriffs Department
Wayne County Mississippi

June 7, 2016

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Ronald was killed.

To the Tarantino family, fellow officers, and all who call Ronald beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer Tarantino gave to his community and the citizens of Massachusetts, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on May 22, 2016.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

June 7, 2016

Thank you for your service.God bless you. RIP.

Dylan Feeney

June 6, 2016

Rest in peace brother. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.......

Det. Sgt. Edward Carlile
Northfield Village Police Dept (OH)

June 6, 2016

Thank you for your service of a thankless job . You did a job that most can't putting your life on line to protect those in community and most hate you until they need you!! May god be with you in your journey to ever lasting peace !!! My heart goes out to your entire family Rest in peace bro

Patrolman Sean Conneely
Hull pd

June 5, 2016

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

I have lifted you and your family to God every morning for over five years. Feel those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

June 4, 2016

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