We are deeply grateful to the town of Winthrop for dedicating a memorial bench to retired Massachusetts State Trooper David Green and retired United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Ramona Cooper, who were both killed in hate-motivated shooting in that town in 2021.
The bench dedication was held this past Monday evening, June 26, two years from the day when Trooper Green and Ms. Cooper were slain. Several MSP members attended the unveiling of the memorial, located near the intersection of Shirley Street and Veterans Road, near where the shootings occurred on the afternoon of June 26, 2021.
Trooper Green, who had retired in 2016 after a 36-year career as a Metropolitan District Commission Police and the MSP, was 68 at the time of his death. He was assigned for much of his career at the Boston Barracks at Leverett Circle. He was a beloved brother, neighbor and dear friend to many MSP Troopers and former MDC Police Officers. Trooper Green was fatally shot after he left the safety of his home to confront the gunman.
Retired Staff Sergeant Cooper served in the Air Force for decades before going to work for the Veterans Affairs Administration. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, and sister and had moved to Winthrop about a year before the shooting. She was 60 when she was killed.
The shooter, whose rampage ended when he was killed by Winthrop Police, left behind evidence indicating he was motivated by racism.
Seen in the photo standing behind the memorial bench are (from left) Major James Bazzinotti, Commanding Officer, Troop A; Trooper Carlo Mastromattei, Troop A Community Action Team; Lieutenant Donald Bossi, Commanding Officer, State Police-Revere Barracks; Trooper Tah Yem, Troop A Community Action Team; and Major Leonard Coppenrath, Deputy Commander, Division of Investigative Services.