Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Fatal sheriff cruiser crash probed -

Officer Edward “Teddy” Dillon III
Fatal sheriff cruiser crash probed -

A Middlesex Sheriff’s Department correction officer died early this morning when his department-issued cruiser drove off Treble Cove Road in Billerica.

The accident occurred just after 4 a.m. near the Middlesex House of Correction, where authorities said Officer Edward “Teddy” Dillon III, 27, of Lowell worked the midnight to 8 a.m. shift.

“My thoughts and prayers, as well as those of the entire Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, go out to Officer Dillon’s family, friends and colleagues,” Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian said in a statement. “We know the work of correction officers is difficult and dangerous, but that does nothing to ease the pain and shock when we lose one of our own.

“The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office will work to ensure that our officers and the Dillon family have the support they need as we grieve Teddy’s passing.”

The crash, the cause of which state police are still investigating, occurred just after 4 a.m. and apparently only involved Dillon’s vehicle.

Koutoujian’s office said Dillon’s job including conducting routine perimeter checks of the jail properties, including the training academy and a sheriff’s office.

Authorities are investigating whether Dillon was on official business at the time of the accident, sheriff’s department spokesman Kevin Maccioli said.

The Dillon family declined comment. Dillon’s father, Sgt. Edward T. Dillon Jr., is an electrician for the sheriff’s department.


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