• Gov. Patrick signs bill naming slain MIT officer to Somerville police force


    SOMERVILLE, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill Tuesday that posthumously appointed Sean Collier to the Somerville Police Department.

    "Officer Collier was a true hero and this deserving designation is a small token to honor his memory and his sacrifices," said Gov. Patrick.

    City officials say Collier served the department for six years as a civilian employee, a volunteer auxiliary police officer and sergeant, and an unpaid intern. Collier was serving as the department's webmaster prior to his death.

    "We've always considered him to be a part of the Somerville Police Department family," said Police Chief Tom Pasquarello in an April 25 interview with FOX 25. "There isn't a person here that he didn't touch in some way."

    Pasquarello adds that Collier was always willing to help and that he "never said no."

    Collier was expected to be offered a job as a sworn officer for Somerville on June 3, 2013. The Somerville Police Dept. sponsored his enrollment in the Transit Police Academy.

    Collier, a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was fatally shot in his police cruiser on April 18. A man who was carjacked by alleged Marathon bombing mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev claims the 26-year-old admitted to shooting Collier.

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