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Hero Down: Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Correction Officer Curtis Byner Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Athol, MA – Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) Correction Officer Curtis Byner died in a motorcycle crash on Nov. 10.

The off-duty, 25-year-old correction officer was riding a 2002 Honda motorcycle along Route 2 at approximately 4 p.m. when he crashed on the eastbound side of the roadway near mile marker 75, WCVB reported.

Correction Officer Byner died from his injuries at the scene, according to Boston.com.

The exact cause of the fatal collision remains under investigation, WCVB reported.

“It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Correction Officer Curtis Byner as a result of an off-duty accident,” the MSO said in a Facebook post the following day. “Please hold Officer Byner’s family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts during this difficult time.”

Correction Officer Byner served the MSO for three years, the Telegram & Gazette reported.

He was assigned to the Middlesex Jail and House of Correction in Billerica.

“From the moment Officer Curtis Byner joined the 42nd Basic Training Academy in 2018, he made an indelible mark on the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office,” Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian told the Telegram & Gazette in a statement. “With an infectious smile and a passion for service, Officer Byner could always be counted on to be there to help and support colleagues and those in our custody alike.”

“His loss will be felt deeply by all those who knew and loved him,” Sheriff Koutoujian continued. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with Curtis’ family and friends during this extraordinarily difficult time.”

Correction Officer Byner leaves behind his fiancé, Jennifer, as well as his parents and siblings, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by Jennifer’s mother and sisters, as well as many nieces, nephews, friends, and colleagues.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Correction Officer Curtis Byner, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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