Trooper in iconic Rockwell painting remembered
NEW YORK (WHDH) -- The Massachusetts state trooper once featured in an iconic painting was honored over the weekend.
A funeral for staff sergeant Richard Clemens was held in New York. Massachusetts state police led the procession and troopers later carried his flag-draped coffin.
Clemens died last Sunday following a brief illness. He was 83-years-old.
Clemens served as the model for Norman Rockwell’s most famous painting "The Runaway."
He was the trooper sitting on a diner stool next to a young boy.
Rockwell also painted Clemens for a Christmas card for the state police.