Massachusetts State Police
It is with deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Maureen Wesinger-Lewis after a long and valiant battle against cancer.
Sergeant Wesinger-Lewis passed away Monday night. She was a Massachusetts State Trooper for 31 years, the last five of which she spent commanding our Mounted Unit. She is remembered with much admiration as a special person, a great leader, and a strong advocate for horses and police mounted units.
During her tenure leading the Mounted Unit, Sergeant Wesinger-Lewis grew the unit to 11 full-time Troopers and expanded its mission to year-round patrols of state parks, beaches, and reservations. While other departments disbanded mounted units because of budget reasons, the State Police unit thrived under Sergeant Wesinger-Lewis - the best champion it could have.
She was also instrumental, while in the midst of her illness, in establishing a curriculum and training by the State Police Mounted Unit for a newly-created Worcester Police Mounted Unit.
A "horse person" her whole life, Sergeant Wesinger-Lewis also served in the Mounted Unit earlier in her career before she was named commander in 2013. She loved the MSP horses that the unit trains and cares for. She also cared deeply for the Troopers she led, always remembering details about them and such milestones as birthdays and anniversaries.
As tough as any Trooper who ever wore the badge, Sergeant Wesinger-Lewis set a heroic example - throughout her long illness, as she fought fiercely against her disease, she did not let cancer keep her away from the job, and the horses and the Troopers, she loved; during the last few years, she would report to the Mounted Unit headquarters as often as her health allowed, always positive, always upbeat, always ready to work and to lead.
We extend our deepest condolences to Sergeant Maureen Wesinger-Lewis' husband, retired State Police Lieutenant Bill Lewis, and all her loved ones, friends, and colleagues. She is dearly, deeply missed.