One year short of retirement eligibility,
veteran Massachusetts officer is hit by truck, later dies

(YARMOUTH, Mass.) - Patrol Officer Bradford Erickson, 60, who was in his last year of service before reaching retirement eligibility died Friday, Dec. 1. Erickson was struck by a truck during a work detail in Barnstable, according to a spokesman for the Yarmouth department.

Born and raised in Trumbull, Connecticut, Erickson was a graduate of the Connecticut State Police Academy and the Massachusetts State Police Academy. A patrol officer for 28 years for the town of Yarmouth, he previously had served for many years as a reserve officer in Monroe, Conn.

Erickson was struck by a truck at approximately 3:10 p.m. Friday and died approximately nine hours later in Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis. The Barnstable Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police are investigating the accident and no charges have been filed.

An Army veteran who was also a ham radio operator, Erickson was also a member of the Yarmouth department's Vehicle Enforcement Safety Team and the Motor Unit. He was also a member and secretary of the Blue Knights.

Husband of Stephanie (Dean) Erickson, he is also survived by his mother, Alexandra Erickson of Brewster; and two daughters, Harley A. Erickson of Framingham and Elizabeth Erickson of South Yarmouth.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec. 6, at The First Congregational Church of Yarmouth, Yarmouthport. Visiting hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave., South Yarmouth. Memorial donations may be made to a fund established in Officer Erickson's his name to Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, 514 Station Ave., South Yarmouth, MA 02664.

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