TROOPER THOMAS W. DEVLIN
Massachusetts State Police Trooper Thomas W. Devlin was a remarkable husband, father, brother and friend. He devoted his life to Christ, his wife and children, and the Mass. State Police. He loved protecting and serving the citizens of the Commonwealth, and was honored to serve among his fellow troopers and police officers.
On the afternoon of July 26, 2018, Trooper Devlin conducted a motor vehicle stop in Billerica. While outside of his cruiser, another driver drifted from the right lane into the breakdown lane, striking and pinning Trooper Devlin between the two cars. He suffered severe injuries, underwent many surgeries, and on September 3, 2020, after a courageous battle, he succumbed to those injuries. He was 58 years old.
“Trooper Thomas Devlin upheld the highest ideals of the Massachusetts State Police: integrity, dedication to duty, and service to others,” said Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher S. Mason. “He loved and respected the job, and the job loved and respected him. Above all, he was utterly devoted to his family, and epitomized what it meant to be a loving husband and father. Trooper Devlin was known in the Department for his hard work, his rock solid character, and his commitment to be being a reliable friend, co-worker and public servant — a Trooper who could be counted on by his colleagues and the public. It was in service to the public, in the act of keeping our roads safe, that he gave his last, and the ultimate, sacrifice. We are lesser today for his loss and we will miss his smile.”
Trooper Devlin was a member of the 66th Recruit Training Troop, graduating from the State Police Academy on December 6, 1985. He was assigned for much of his career to the Concord Barracks.
As news of Trooper Devlin’s death spread, an outpouring of love and support, including memorial donations, streamed in to his family. His family wanted to create a permanent honor for Tom, and keep his passion to serve others alive. The Trooper Thomas W. Devlin Memorial Scholarship was created to assist a graduating Wilmington, Massachusetts senior who wishes to pursue a career in law enforcement.
For those wishing to assist the Devlin Family in their future needs may donate to the Devlin Family Foundation.
To donate, please click the link above or send a check to “Trooper Thomas W. Devlin Memorial Scholarship” or "Devlin Family Foundation" and mail it to:
c/o James Peterson
314 Main Street
Wilmington, MA 01887