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THOMAS EDWARD STRUNK

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Rank: Patrolman
Panel: 34-W: 5
Department: Billerica, Massachusetts, P.D.
End of Watch: March 27, 1985
Cause: Struck by Vehicle (while on foot)
Age: 32
Years of Service: 3

Description: Officer Strunk was off-duty when he observed a motorist driving in a dangerous, erratic manner. Officer Strunk approached the vehicle, showed his badge and identified himself as a policeman. The driver attempted to flee, with Officer Strunk holding on. The driver drove for about a half mile before losing control of the vehicle. Officer Strunk was thrown against a telephone pole and suffered massive head and chest injuries. Officer Strunk was pronounced dead at the hospital. The motorist was arrested and charged with manslaughter.