Fallen Hero Obituary

Law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts

Officer Theodore M. Martin Age: 33 years old Tour: 8 years Montague Police End of Watch: Tuesday, December 31, 1968
Officer Martin was struck and killed by a drunk driver while investigating a single-car accident.

Officer Martin and another officer were investigating the accident in the area of the "Airport Curve" along Millers Falls Road. The vehicle had gone off the roadway and the motorist had not sustained any injuries. While Officer Martin was checking the motorist's information and supervising the towing company, Officer Martin and the motorist were struck by a drunk driver traveling westbound. When struck by the car, Officer Martin was carried approximately 180 feet on the hood of the car. His shoe was located about 40 feet from the point of impact. After Officer Martin was run down the vehicle fled the area. At the scene Officer Martin was placed into the cruiser and rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. The listed cause of death for Officer Martin was a fractured skull and compound fractures of both legs.

A BOLO was placed to area police departments and two hours later, the vehicle and motorist were located by the Greenfield Police Department. The motorist of the vehicle was charged with manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, operating to endanger, driving under the influence, and drunkenness.

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