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Springfield Police Grieving Accidental Death Of Rookie Officer

Springfield Police Dept

A funeral is planned Thursday for a police officer from Springfield, Massachusetts who accidentally drowned in a Vermont lake while on a family vacation.

Officer Aaron McNab,30, graduated from the Springfield Police Academy last November.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said in just 9 months as a police officer McNab had an impact.

"He was a good officer," said Sarno noting that McNab had made "a lot" of arrests.

"When you talk to his family, all he ever wanted to be was a police officer," said Sarno.

Acting Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood said the loss of McNab has hit members of the department hard.

Before joining the Springfield police department, McNab was a corrections officer in Connecticut.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.