Mass. State Police Museum Creates Memorial Challenge Coin To Honor Wilmington Fallen Hero Trooper Thomas Devlin

WILMINGTON, MA — The Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center has created a memorial challenge coin in honor of Wilmington’s fallen hero Thomas Devlin.

All proceeds from the sale of this coin will be donated to the Trooper Devlin Scholarship Fund at Wilmington High School to a senior pursuing a career in law enforcement.

The coin is currently sold out. Check back HERE for availability in the future.

State Trooper 1st Class Thomas Devlin, a longtime Wilmington resident, passed away in September 2020 from injuries he suffered after he was struck by a vehicle while conducting a motor vehicle stop on Route 3 in Billerica in July 2018.

Wilmington’s state delegation — Representative David Robertson, Representative Ken Gordon, and State Senator Bruce Tarr — were recently able to successfully file and pass a bill with the legislature to designate the bridge on Route 129 (Lowell Street) at I-93 in Wilmington as the Trooper Thomas W. Devlin Memorial Bridge.

“Trooper Thomas Devlin upheld the highest ideals of the Massachusetts State Police: integrity, dedication to duty, and service to others,” according to 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.”

During his 35-year career with the State Police, Trooper Devlin earned the Medal of Lifesaving in 1999, State Police Troop Commendation in 2004, and the State Police Division Commendation in 2015. According to his obituary, he was responsible for saving multiple lives, and received countless accolades and honors to commend his performance.

Devlin is survived by his wife Nancy, his sons Matthew and Paul, and his daughters Rachel and Hannah.

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