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Chief announces sudden passing of Massachusetts police officer known as “the mayor”



Peabody Police Chief Tom Griffin has issued a statement concerning the sudden death of a Massachusetts police officer known as “the mayor”.

“Today, with a tremendously heavy heart and true sadness, I must share news of the tragic and sudden passing of Officer Henry Breckenridge. Despite the heroic efforts of Salem Hospital staff, Henry did not survive complications that arose from a non-emergency surgery.”

“Henry was one of the nicest and most gentle people I have had the honor to know. I know that sentiment is shared throughout our department and with the entire Peabody community. Henry was an outstanding police officer with firm grasp on community policing and as a dedicated member of our team, he will be greatly missed. He was well regarded by all sectors of our community, but particularly by our young citizens. There has been an outpouring of support and tributes in his honor from many young people whose lives he has impacted in a positive way. These are testaments to the caliber of his character which include authenticity, kindness, and compassion.”

“The photo I am sharing was taken by community member Cheryl Millard, fondly known as Peabody’s Picture Lady. She told us this morning, that just before snapping this picture, she had asked Henry to push his hat back a little so she could see his eyes and that prompted laughter and his trademark smile that we will forever remember.”

“The Breckenridge family is devastated and Henry’s brothers and sisters in law enforcement support them and share in their grief. We will all need to pull together and lean on each other during this difficult time.”

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