New Montague Police patch honors late officer
MONTAGUE — Montague policemen will wear a memorial to a fallen comrade, Theodore “Teddy” Martin, as they go about their work.
Montague Chief or Police Charles “Chip” Dodge III announced the new department patch design on Tuesday, the 45th anniversary of Martin’s death.
An eight-year veteran of the police force, Martin was struck and killed by a drunk driver on Dec. 31, 1968, as he stood by the side of the road, trying to investigate a crash.
Martin is the only member of the department killed in the line of duty.
Greenfield police caught the driver, Stephen A. McDonald, two hours later. The following year, McDonald pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other charges and was sentenced to five years in state prison.
At the time of his death, Martin wore badge number five, and the numeral five in the star at the bottom of the new patch is dedicated to his memory, Dodge wrote.
“Teddy Martin will never be forgotten by the Montague Police Department,” Dodge wrote. “All Montague Police Officers will now be wearing his memory and carrying him with them while they are on patrol and keeping our community safe.”