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Mass. police officer who died following I-95 crash escorted home

Union Leader Correspondent

October 10. 2017 8:30PM
A hearse carries the body of Louis Remigio while police provide an escort. (Jeffrey Hastings)

PORTSMOUTH — Police departments from Portsmouth to Greater Boston honored officer Louis Remigio with a long procession of motorcycles and police cruisers to escort his body home to Massachusetts Tuesday afternoon.

Remigio, 55, an off-duty Somerville, Mass., motorcycle officer, was riding his red 2003 Harley-Davidson when Michael Ricci, 18, of Burlington, Mass. — who police said had been racing — hit him on Interstate 95 in North Hampton Sunday morning.

Remigio was rushed to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, where he died of his injuries Monday night. The Tewksbury, Mass., resident was a father of two daughters.

Somerville Police Chief David Fallon remembered the 30-year veteran fondly Tuesday morning during a news conference in Massachusetts. He called Remigio a “gentle giant” who led by example.

“If you wanted an officer responding to you when you were in need, you wanted it to be officer Remigio. Brave, courageous, gentle, empathetic, kind. He was everything you epitomized in a good police officer,” Fallon said.

“We will never fill the void of officer Remigio, but we’re going to do what we do every day. We’re going to answer the bell. We’re going to answer over 40,000 calls for service this year, and we’re going to do it with kindness, empathy and courage.”

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone offered condolences to Remigio’s family and the police department at the news conference.

“He was beloved. I came down here from City Hall. A constituent grabbed me in the hallway, offered their condolences and said, ‘I always remember, he had a smile all over the city.’ And that was him,” Curtatone said. “He had compassion. He was professional. He was engaged. He was friendly. He treated everybody the same. He was courageous. He was a decorated officer in this department.”

Ricci, who was not injured in the crash, has been charged with reckless conduct and was released on $10,000 cash bail Monday. He was arrested again Tuesday afternoon in Burlington on an outstanding warrant not related to the accident.

Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway said Tuesday morning that they will review the evidence in the case before determining whether to upgrade Ricci’s charges to vehicular homicide.

Ricci is scheduled to be arraigned in Rockingham County Superior Court on Oct. 20.

Funeral services for Remigio are to be held later this week in Somerville.

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