Fallen Hero Obituary

Law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts

Correctional Officer James R. Souza Age: 29 years old Tour: 6 years Department of Correction End of Watch: Monday, July 31, 1972
Correctional Officer James Souza and Instructor Alfred Baranowski were shot and killed during an escape attempt from the Norfolk Prison. The inmate's wife had smuggled the gun into the prison for him. The inmate then shot and killed his wife and attempted to escape. Officers Souza and Baranowski were killed as the inmate attempted to escape. When the inmate was unable to escape, he shot and killed himself. A prison was named in honor of Instructor Baranowski and Officer Souza.

Officer Souza had served with the agency for six years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

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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