Off-duty Salem police officer dies in two-vehicle crash

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An off-duty Salem police officer was killed in a two-vehicle crash late Thursday evening, in keeping with authorities.

The Toyota the 56-year-old patrolman was working and a Ford Fusion collided on Jefferson Avenue in Salem round 11:20 p.m., the Essex County District Attorney’s Office stated in a information launch.

The patrolman and the operator of the Ford have been each taken to Salem Hospital, the place the officer died from his accidents, the discharge stated. The operator of the Ford was nonetheless alive as of round 8:15 a.m. Friday, however authorities didn’t have additional particulars on his situation.

State police have been investigating what occurred, and no expenses had been issued as of Friday morning.

Update: In a press release later Friday morning, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll recognized the officer as Dana Mazola.

“I was absolutely devastated to learn very early this morning about the accident that took the life of Salem Police Officer Dana Mazola. Dana was a conscientious and professional officer, a loving husband and father, and a devoted public servant to the people of Salem,” the mayor stated. “He was, as we say, the ‘salt of the earth’ – a conscientious rank and file patrol officer who worked hard every single shift. Our families often attended the same church services and I fondly recall his two girls helping keep my energetic (at the time) toddler occupied while seated in the pew next to ours. Dana had a big heart and was a warm and caring family man. On behalf of the residents he served with such diligence and dedication for 31 years, I want to express my deepest condolences to his wife Florene and his twin girls, Amanda and Savannah, and all of Dana’s family. This is an unimaginable and heartbreaking loss to them and to our whole community. May he rest in peace.”