May 21, 2024

Seekonk Mourns Death of Police Officer

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The Town of Seekonk is mourning the death of Patrolwoman Kourtny DeForitis following an accident early Saturday morning in Somerset. DeForitis, a Taunton resident, was 28 years old.  

The Seekonk Police Department made the announcement of DeForitis’ passing Sunday on their Facebook page: “It is with the deepest and most profound sadness that Chief David Enos announces the untimely passing of Patrolwoman Kourtny DeForitis. During the early morning hours of September 9, 2023, Ptlw. DeForitis was involved in an off-duty fatal motor vehicle crash, as a passenger on a motorcycle in Somerset, MA. Ptlw. DeForitis served with the Seekonk Police Department for just under three years, having attended the Cape Cod Municipal Police Academy in 2021. Since that time, she has been assigned to the Patrol Division and was outstanding in her various roles as a community outreach officer.”

“Kourtny had a particular fondness for the youth of Seekonk and could be found playfully interacting with them in the schools and at community events, usually with a bright smile on her face and a contagious laugh. The men and women of the Seekonk Police Department offer their sincere condolences to Ptlw. DeForitis’ family and friends, as we also mourn the loss of one of our own. Rest in peace badge 3334, we’ll take the watch from here.”

Hundreds of comments were left in response to the post.

“An incredible loss for her family and our community,” read one comment. “May she rest in peace and her memory be a blessing.”

Officers from the East Providence Police Department offered their condolences and placed flowers around DeForitis’ cruiser parked on Taunton Avenue Sunday.

Enos expressed his gratitude to the Community, Town Administration, Town Departments, and local Police Departments for “the outpouring of support towards Kourtny’s Family and this Police Department. The department is focused on helping Kourtny’s family get through this tragic event and see that Kourtny is remembered for the great work she did as a Police Officer and person.” 

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