‘Heartbroken’: All-female group of Mass. troopers carry casket of fallen sister-in-blue

“Trooper Tamar Bucci is not just a coworker to us. She is our sister and we are heartbroken by this devastating loss," said Patrick McNamara, the vice president of a local police union

By Erin Tiernan

REVERE, Mass. — An all-female class of Massachusetts state troopers escorted the casket of fallen “sister” Tamar Bucci, who was killed in the line of duty last week, to the Revere church where thousands waited to pay their last respects.

Bucci, 34, was killed when a tanker truck struck her cruiser on Interstate 93 in Stoneham late Thursday night. She was switching lanes to help a disabled vehicle at the time of the crash.

The women donned their dress formals as they served as pall bearers and carried the casket from Basile Funeral Home to Saint Anthony of Padua Church where family, friends and police and firefighters from across the nation waited to say their final goodbyes at Tuesday’s wake.

The wake was scheduled to start at 4 p.m. and will continue until 7 p.m. The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, also at the St. Anthony of Padua Church in Revere.

“Trooper Bucci is not just a coworker to us. She is our sister and we are heartbroken by this devastating loss to our membership,” Patrick McNamara, vice president of the State Police Association of Massachusetts, said.

Bucci had a “magnetic energy” and would make others feel at ease with a “radiating smile and playful sense of humor,” her family remembered in an obituary.

Bucci graduated from the state police academy on May 6, 2020, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic having previously worked as a personal trainer and for the Encore Casino Security department.

Born March 2, 1988, in Melrose, Bucci was raised in Andover, where she graduated high school. She was a graduate of Middlesex Community College and 2020 graduate of the State Police Academy, an accomplishment that left her beaming with pride in an outdoor graduation ceremony at Gillette Stadium, the obituary stated.

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