On December 6, 2023, Paul Tracey, a Waltham Police officer, and Roderick Jackson, a National Grid employee, were tragically killed on Totten Pond Road while working at a construction site when struck by a car fleeing a hit and run accident. The driver of the car was arrested after hitting several cars and injuring numerous people in addition to killing Officer Tracey and Roderick. Our co-founder Naveen’s wife, Mariccor (Coy), was rear ended by the driver, and we are so thankful she is ok, albeit very shaken up by the hurt and loss inflicted on Officer Tracey and Roderick Jackson’s families.
A standout basketball player in college, Roderick “Kito” Jackson is described as having a powerful presence and a heart of gold. Roderick helped his mom raise his three younger siblings and his legacy is one of giving, wisdom, and most importantly, boundless love. He was kind, honest, and hardworking. Kito stood tall for what he believed in even when it was difficult. His heart was always open, and his hands were always ready to help.
Roderick’s family is inviting the public to pay their respects at Saint Paul AME in Cambridge. Visitation is Saturday, December 16, from 9-11am. A funeral service will follow at 11am.
Paul Tracey is a lifelong Waltham resident who served our city for 28 years. Beyond his duties, Paul was a loving husband, a devoted father of two, and a pillar of our community. His kindness and gentle spirit touched everyone he met, and his absence will be deeply felt by all.
Today, Thursday, December 14, a public wake will be held for Officer Paul Tracey from 3-8pm at Our Lady's Comforter of the Afflicted Church at, 920 Trapelo Road in Waltham. On Friday, December 15, at 10am, family, friends, and the Law Enforcement Community are welcome to gather and celebrate Paul’s life and to remember the love and friendship he shared with others at a Funeral Mass at Our Lady's Church. Burial with Police Honors will follow at Mount Feake Cemetery in Waltham at 203 Prospect Street.
Full details for all services can be found online.
This is clearly an unimaginably sad and difficult time for the families, friends, and communities of Paul and Roderick.
As we grieve with the communities of Waltham and Cambridge, we hope we can provide a place of comfort, community, and healing. Mighty Squirrel will be donating $2 per pint/4pk today and tomorrow to go towards helping these two local families in mourning.