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Mass. CO dies in Christmas Eve car accident after working overnight shift

Ryan Gaudet was driving home when he crashed into a bridge abutment; he was 24


Ryan Gaudet’s “selfless ability to help others was admirable and courageous,” a GoFundMe page set up for his family reads.


By Sarah Sinning

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — A 24-year-old corrections officer died Christmas Eve after losing control of his vehicle on the way home from working an overnight shift, Framingham Source reports.

Ryan Gaudet “was heading home to his family to spend time celebrating the holidays,” a GoFundMe page set up for the officer’s family reads, when “he encountered icy road conditions which ended tragically.” According to an earlier news story, a driver later identified as Gaudet crashed into a bridge abutment at an overpass at approximately 8:27 a.m.

Gaudet is being remembered for his kindness and commitment to his community.

“Everyone who knew Ryan says he could light up a room with his smile. He had the biggest heart and was always willing to help friends and family,” Gail Zecker-Chancey wrote on the GoFundMe page. “His passion for helping others extended throughout the community.”

“Ryan’s career in law enforcement clearly showed that he put his life on the line every day to serve others,” Zecker-Chancey continued. “His selfless ability to help others was admirable and courageous. His loss is tragic for his family, friends and his community as a whole.”

At the time of this reporting, more than $50,000 had been donated to the officer’s family via the GoFundMe page launched yesterday.