NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) – Busloads of police officers from across Southeastern Massachusetts paid their respects to one of their own Saturday morning.
New Bedford Police Chief David Provencher was laid to rest after passing away last Sunday.
He had served with the police department for 35 years and led it for the last five. He was 59-years-old.
Saturday, officers from departments across the region assembled outside the St. Joseph-St. Therese Church on Duncan Street for his funeral Mass.
Officers from some of those departments handled traffic both at the church and along the procession route so that New Bedford officers could attend.
Mayor Jon Mitchell called Provencher an outstanding chief and a great man. In a statement to Eyewitness News, he said:
“Chief Provencher leaves behind a legacy of a more modern and effective police department and a stronger New Bedford community.”
At the department headquarters, black bunting was draped across the front of the building in remembrance of Provencher.
A public memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Zeiterion Theater.