Holyoke Police Officer dies from injuries sustained in on-duty cruiser crash

A Holyoke police officer died Thursday night due to complication from injuries he sustained in a cruiser crash two months ago.

Officer David T. Zolendziewski’s cruiser skidded on a patch of ice before striking a tree on Dec. 28.

The 23-year-veteran rushed to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for emergency surgery and had been out of work since; according to Chief Anthony R. Scott.

He spent several weeks in the Baystate intensive care unit, and was transferred earlier this month to Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts in Ludlow.

Zolendziewski suffered complications Thursday, and was rushed back to Baystate, where he succumbed to his injuries.

He is the fourth Holyoke police officer to die in the line of duty and the first since Officer John DiNapoli was murdered in 1999.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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One Response to Holyoke Police Officer dies from injuries sustained in on-duty cruiser crash

  1. Fred Leland says:

    Another tragic accident, this one c;lose to home. 28 offciers killed this year thus far, moost of them from car accidents. THINK, Observe, Orient, Decide and Act! And stay out of harms way.

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