Remember Two Mass Troopers who died in a helicopter crash this day in 1995.


Mass State Police Sergeants James Mattaliano and Paul Perry

Mass State Police Sergeants James Mattaliano and Paul Perry

Shortly after 9:30am on Wednesday, February 22, 1995, a Massachusetts State Police helicopter developed engine trouble and crashed into the roof of the Harvard Yacht Club on the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge. 39 year old Sergeant Paul Perry and 33 year old Sergeant James Mattaliano of the Mass State Police Air Wing died in the crash. The Troopers were transporting two civilian communications specialists who also perished. Investigators determined the helicopters engine failed due to contaminated fuel. Please consider writing tributes for Sergeants Perry and Mattaliano on the Officer Down Memorial Page.

(Photos credit Officer Down Memorial Page and Massachusetts State Police)