SAUGUS — The following is a statement from Saugus Police Chief Michael Ricciardelli regarding the incident last week in which officers were injured while attempting to conduct an investigation.
“It has been a week since we responded to an incident on Tuttle Street for a report of a stolen U-Haul rental vehicle that resulted in three Saugus Police officers being stabbed. Although the officers suffered serious injuries, they have since been released from the hospital and are resting at home. Incidents like this hit close to home, taking a huge emotional toll on all of us. As we’ve continued to process what’s happened, we’ve been grateful for the incredible outpouring of support we’ve received.
“The amount of support that the Saugus Police Department has received from the community over the past week has been overwhelming. We have been receiving non-stop phone calls, cards, balloons, food and, most importantly, thoughts and prayers. The support and kindness from our residents is something we cherish, as it plays a vital role in the success of our mission to protect and serve our community. Thank you for your continued support.
“We would also like to thank all of the police officers, firefighters, dispatchers and EMS personnel who responded to the scene. Their professionalism, compassion, restraint and dedication to public safety helped to make the best of a very bad situation. We would also like to thank the Massachusetts State Police, and the Melrose, Wakefield and Revere Police Departments for their quick response and the aid they provided at the scene as well. It is comforting to know that the law enforcement agencies in the surrounding cities and towns are there for us when we need them.
“Please know that although this incident injured a few of us, it has only brought us all closer together. As a result, we will be a much stronger department and community moving forward, and we are incredibly proud to serve the people of Saugus.”