In an all-new ‘The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Skyllar Mullvaney, founder of the Horses and Heroes Foundation. They talk about the charitable business of honoring police officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Based in Revere, the Horses and Heroes Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization that purchases and names horses after police officers who have been either slain in the line of duty or involved in a selfless and heroic act while on duty. To date, the Foundation has bought for $1,000 each and donated 17 such horses in Massachusetts as well as Connecticut, Louisiana, Nevada and Virginia.
On Saturday, May 6 in Auburn, the Horses and Heroes Foundation will dedicate the naming of police horse “Tarentino Strong” in honor of fallen Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. Officer Tarentino was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Rochdale Street, near Zabelle Avenue, in Auburn shortly after midnight on May 23, 2016. An occupant of the vehicle opened fire on him during as he approached the car, striking him multiple times. He was transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where he succumbed to his wounds.
The subject who shot him fled the scene, but was later located at an Oxford apartment building. As officers searched the apartment he was believed to have been hiding in they discovered a secret passage into an adjoining apartment. When the officers made entry into the second apartment the subject exited a closet and opened fire, wounding one Massachusetts State Police tactical team trooper before being killed.
Officer Tarentino had served with the Auburn Police Department for two years and had previously served with the Leicester Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children.