MIT officer laid to rest following campus service
CAMRBRIDGE, Mass. (WHDH) -- Police officers from around the nation joined Vice President Joe Biden and the MIT community to say goodbye to MIT police officer Sean Collier Wednesday.
The 27-year-old was fatally shot last Thursday while sitting in his police cruiser, allegedly by the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.
“We are forever indebted to Sean for his bravery and selflessness,” said Fr. Joseph Baggetta, State Police chaplain.
Family and friends celebrated the life of Collier with the support of thousands of police officers from across the country.
“Life is good because our family has 27 years of memories with Sean. He will live in our family, and hopefully yours forever,” said Rob Rogers, Sean’s brother.
Collier’s family members consoled one another. Vice President Joe Biden, who has also suffered loss in the past, told them time will help heal the pain.
“You know it’s going to be okay when the first instinct is you get a smile to your lips before you get a tear to your eye,” said Vice President Biden.
The vice president also talked about the courage and heroism of the City of Boston during the tragic events that took place last week.
“Also for the incredible heroism, commitment and resilience of the people of Boston, the people of Cambridge, and the American people,” Vice President Biden said.
State police helicopters flew over the campus in a final tribute to a young officer who MIT students and staff say went out of his way to make a positive connection with the community he served.
“He really wanted to get to know the students. He wanted to be friendly with everyone. He genuinely cared about everyone’s wellbeing,” Michele Pratusevich, a friend of Collier’s.
“He was the same person in uniform when he wasn’t wearing the uniform. His caring and compassion was genuine,” said Chief John DiFava, MIT Police Department.
Collier’s family held a private burial service in Peabody after the memorial.