Fallen Jamestown officer laid to rest

Police and firefighters outside Ss. John and Paul Church in Coventry. (Brad Flanagan/WPRI)

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) – The Jamestown police officer killed in a highway wreck this week was laid to rest Saturday.

The funeral for Patrolman Ryan Bourque of the Jamestown Police Department began at 10 a.m. at Saints John and Paul Parish on Main Street in Coventry.

Bourque died early Monday morning when his car was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver on I-95 in East Greenwich as he was driving home after his shift.

Ryan Bourque
Ryan Bourque

The 24-year-old officer was a 2015 graduate of the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy and had served with the Jamestown Police Department for exactly one year.

The other driver, 23-year-old Dejae Pizarro of Bedford, Mass., also died in the crash. State Police still are not sure what prompted him to make a U-turn on the highway and ultimately crash into Bourque’s car.

Members of the Jamestown Fire Department said Bourque’s memory will live on in his absence.

“It’s great to see such a big turnout for him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” said Capt. Evan Katz of the Jamestown Fire Department. “It’s good to see that there’s this amount of support from all the departments in Rhode Island. We had a really good turnout.”

“Very well respected, very well liked,” added Capt. Mike Delessio. “Even though he had only been there for little over a year, he made quite an impact on the community.”

Bourque was a graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School and the University of Rhode Island. Those who knew him said he was a quiet, gentle, family-oriented man who always wanted to be a police officer.

Bourque was buried at St. Joseph’s cemetery in West Greenwich.

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