REVERE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — State Trooper Tamar Bucci is being laid to rest on Wednesday in Revere, after being honored by more than a thousand of her fellow law enforcement officers at her wake on Tuesday.
Trooper Bucci was killed on Friday after her cruiser was hit by a gas tanker while she was attempting to help a disabled motorist. She was born in Melrose and grew up in Andover — State Police Colonel Christopher Mason and Bucci's step-father Jim Burditt delivered the eulogy.
"I can go on and on about my beautiful [Tamar] and talk for hours about all of her beautiful characteristics," Burditt said in his eulogy. "But she's now protecting all of us from above and I'm confident that we'll continue to feel her presence while we're here on earth."
State Police said more than 1,200 officers showed up to Bucci's wake on Tuesday, half of them from the State Police. 2,000 law enforcement officers were in attendance on Wednesday.
The funeral, at Saint Anthony's of Padua Church in Revere, drew a crowd of thousands. Revere Schools are closed for the day and streets around the church building began to close mid-morning.
An all-female group of Bucci's Trooper classmates served as her pallbearers. She had been on the force for just about two years.