Fallen Hero Obituary

Law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts

Chief Robert J. Mortell Age: 38 years old Tour: 12 years Paxton Police End of Watch: Tuesday, February 1, 1994
Chief of Police Robert Mortell was shot and killed after locating three burglary suspects.

Chief Mortell was responding to the call from a neighboring department and as he turned the corner to the residence where the burglary had occurred, in a fairly wooded area, he spotted one of the suspects. Chief Mortell was confronting one of the subjects at gunpoint when the man opened fire, killing him. One of the suspects was arrested and sentenced to life.

A Boston police officer, while on his way home from the funeral of Chief Mortell, apprehended a suspect who had just shot and killed Police Officer Berisford Anderson of the Boston Police Department.

Chief Mortell was an instructor at the in-service academy at Mt. Wachusett Community College, served as the town of Paxton D.A.R.E. Officer, and was a high honors graduate of the Quinsigamond Community College Criminal Justice Program. He had served with the agency for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.

Remembering …

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The Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial will serve as a permanent reminder of their dedication and ultimate sacrifice.

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