A Selfless Meal, and Conversation, for Two
We were shown this picture from a third-party who had not taken the photo, nor knew anything about it, other than they thought it was taken in Fall River. After a little digging, we were able to locate the citizen who had taken the photo. The citizen said the well-dressed Trooper in a suit appeared to be having lunch with a panhandler on Davol Street in Fall River. The citizen was struck by what he saw, snapped the photo, and posted it to a Facebook group in Fall River, captioned “And they say chivalry is dead…….Much respect.” We are grateful to that person, who thought to take the photo and share it.
After a little more digging, we found out the trooper is Luke Bonin, who is assigned to the State Police Dartmouth Barracks. After reaching out to Trooper Bonin, he was a bit surprised that someone had taken his photo, stating that he wasn’t seeking or expecting any publicity for it. But we pressed him, and he very reluctantly told us how he ended up sitting on his cruiser’s bumper that day sharing lunch with a stranger.
Trooper Bonin had just left court when he drove by the woman, who appeared down on her luck. She was holding a sign and asking for help from anyone who would pay attention. Trooper Bonin continued to drive on – directly to a local establishment, where he ordered two meals. He returned to the woman, pulled up, and exited his cruiser. Thinking he was there to remove her from the side of the road, she immediately stated to him that she would leave, that she knew she shouldn’t be there with her sign. But Trooper Bonin told her, “I’m not here to kick you out.” He then extended the two meals and told her to pick one.
They then sat, shared a meal, and a conversation.
Yes, Trooper Bonin, we know you do not want or expect publicity. We know you didn’t want to be noticed, but you were, and the job is proud of you. We commend you for your selfless act, and for “doing the right thing” for someone less fortunate than most people.
We have extraordinary troopers on the Massachusetts State Police who conduct themselves honorably, and perform selfless acts, every day. Most times, it goes unnoticed. But not this day.
Protesters who blocked 93 in Milton prevented ambulance carrying crash victim w/life-threatening injuries from reaching level 1 trauma ctr.
Yesterday, the Massachusetts State Police Mounted Unit said goodbye to one of their equine members. Elliot, a long serving member of the unit passed away surrounded by mounted Troopers.
Elliot taught many troopers how to ride and perfect their horsemanship during his fifteen-year tenure. Elliot patrolled many parks and beaches in the Commonwealth and was a crowd favorite for children and adults alike. Elliot was always a part of the major events in the City of Boston, such as sports championship celebrations/crowd control and many years serving at the 4th of July festivities at the Esplanade. He was also a mainstay at Gillette Stadium events, whether it be a New England Patriots game or a concert, Elliot always stood head and shoulders above the rest. His calming demeanor and rock solid stature at these events is what made him such a valuable member of the unit. Elliot really excelled at school and camp events because of his kind way with children. He competed in the 2014 North American Police Equestrian Championships in New Castle, Delaware where he earned a third-place overall in combined flat and obstacle course with Trooper Cristel Sloan. Elliot was also on the first place finishing team for the 2015 Police Horse Pace Challenge.
He was a true gentleman and a true trooper to the end. Elliot's gentle nature will be greatly missed by many, but will be missed most of all by the State Police Mounted Unit.
Rest in peace Elliot.
With a heavy heart we offer condolences to our brothers and sisters at the Auburn MA Police Department and the family of Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. who was shot and killed in the line of duty early this morning.
Thank you @davidortiz for all you did on and off the field. We'll always remember how tall you stood after the bomb… twitter.com/i/web/status/7…
This morning, Trooper Glenn Witaszek from the State Police Charlton Barracks responded to a single car crash on the Pike at the 62mm eastbound in Palmer. Upon arrival Tpr Witaszek saw the front seat was on fire and observed the lone occupant trapped in the rear seat.Tpr Witaszek realized he had to act fast so he shattered the rear window and pulled the woman out. Luckily she suffered only minor injuries. Nice work Tpr Witaszek!