State Trooper Dies Two Years After Being Injured In The Line Of Duty

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Massachusetts State Trooper has died of injuries he sustained in the line of duty two years ago.

According to MSP, Trooper Thomas Devlin conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 3 in Billerica in July 2018. While he was outside of his cruiser, he was struck by another motorist and suffered severe injuries. The driver of the vehicle that struck him, a Haverhill man, was charged in connection with the incident.

"Trooper Devlin underwent many surgeries, and today, September 3, 2020, after a courageous battle, he succumbed to those injuries," said MSP in a statement. " He is survived by his beloved wife Nancy, his sons Matthew and Paul, and his daughters Rachel and Hannah."

Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher S. Mason said Trooper Devlin upheld the highest ideals of the Massachusetts State Police; integrity, dedication to duty, and service to others.

"He loved and respected the job, and the job loved and respected him. Above all, he was utterly devoted to his family, and epitomized what it meant to be a loving husband and father," Colonel Mason said. "Trooper Devlin was known in the Department for his hard work, his rock solid character, and his commitment to be being a reliable friend, co-worker and public servant — a Trooper who could be counted on by his colleagues and the public. It was in service to the public, in the act of keeping our roads safe, that he gave his last, and the ultimate, sacrifice. We are lesser today for his loss and we will miss his smile."

Trooper Devlin was a member of the 66th Recruit Training Troop, graduating from the State Police Academy on December 6, 1985, and he was assigned for much of his career to the Concord Barracks.

Trooper Devlin passed away Friday at the age of 58. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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