Massachusetts State Police have announced funeral services will be held in Marshfield in the coming days for a state trooper who died earlier this week after suffering severe brain injuries in 2003 when a drunken driver slammed into her cruiser in Wareham.
State Police spokesman David Procopio, in a statement Friday afternoon, said the wake for Trooper Ellen Engelhardt will be held Sunday afternoon at the MacDonald Funeral Home on Ocean Street in Marshfield from 2-6 p.m., with a law enforcement walk-by at 1 p.m.
Trooper Engelhardt’s funeral will be held Monday morning, at Saint Christine’s Catholic Church on Main Street in Marshfield at 11 a.m.
Trooper Engelhardt once lived on Furnace Street in Marshfield.
After the July 2003 crash, Trooper Engelhardt, bound to a wheelchair and unable to communicate, often came to Marshfield where “Ellie’s Run,” a road race, was annually held in her honor. The race raised money to fund Engelhardt’s care, as well as several brain injury research groups, Shriner’s Hospital and Middleboro Skill Care, where she lived until her passing.
State Police Colonel Marian McGovern called Engelhardt, a “valued colleague” and “a dear friend,” and said she died following “traumatic and life-altering injuries” from the crash.
Trooper Engelhardt becomes the 32nd member of the Massachusetts State Police to die as a result of an injury suffered while in the line of duty since it was founded in 1865.