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Student Officers honor and remember Fallen Officer Voss.

On Saturday October 7, 2017 the 64th R.O.C. Plymouth, assembled at the Somerset Police Department to honor and remember one of our own. Officer BJ Voss was a graduate of the Plymouth Police Academy 53rd M.P.O.C. Two and a half years later after completing a 15 hour shift Officer Voss suddenly died while off duty with his family.

It was a cool Saturday morning as we marched to the event staging area behind the police department. As we marched in formation the music silenced and we called cadence to let everyone in attendance know that we were coming. Every eye in the crowd was on us, from small children, to senior officers. This was not done to take the attention away from Officer Voss or what the day was about, but rather show everyone that he was part of a family outside of his work and home, the Plymouth Police Academy family.

During the course of the run people saluted, cheered, and clapped for us as we passed by in formation calling cadence the loudest I’ve ever heard us. You could hear the raw emotion in our voices from miles away. As we rounded the corner to the finish line, all you could see down the hill was a crowd of strangers, friends, coworkers, and family, looking up at us cheering. Anyone who says they didn’t get chills when they saw this, is lying to you. The 64th R.O.C can’t begin to fill the void left behind by Officer Voss. But it was our hope that everyone who had known Officer Voss would for a moment, see a small part of him in all of us.

The content of this blog is written by Student Officer Jefferson Willis, Provincetown Police Department / Photo submitted by Academy Director Eileen M.L.Goodick

 

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