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Tarentino Honored Posthumously For Bravery

Oct 12, 2017 12:07AM ● Published by Bill Gilman

Members of the family of slain Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino accept the Trooper George Hannah Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the State House. (Photo from Twitter account of Gov. Charlie Baker)

Auburn Police Officer and Tewksbury native Ronald Tarentino Jr., was honored posthumously last week at the State House with the state's highest honor for bravery.

Tarentino was killed in May 2016, by Jorge Zambrano, during a traffic stop.

On Thursday, members of Tarentino's family were presented with the Trooper George L. Hanna Medal of Honor by Gov. Charlie Baker.

State Trooper 
Albert Kardoos and state police Sgts. Michael Baker and Scott McDonald, who confronted and killed Zambrano during a brief firefight in an Oxford apartment, were also presented with the Hannah Medal.

“These are dangerous jobs and anybody who thinks otherwise is kidding themselves,” said Baker. "This job is probably tougher than it’s ever been. The expectations are high, as they should be. And year after year you raise your game.”

Zambrano was driving along Rochdale Street in Auburn, when he was pulled over by Tarentino around 12:30 a.m. on May 22, 2016. The officer approached the vehicle and was shot by Zambrano.

According to investigators, Tarentino was able to make his way back to his cruiser and radioed to report that shots had been fired and he had been struck. First responders found Tarentino had suffered two gunshot wounds. He was transported to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Tarentino, 42, was a graduate of Tewksbury Memorial High School (Class of 1991). He was married and the father of three.

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