Smith Vocational Instructor Remembers Fallen Officer and Easthampton Native


A Detective and father is being remembered by many in western Massachusetts. 

Maine State Police Detective and Easthampton native, Benjamin Campbell was assisting someone in a disabled car on I-95 in Maine Wednesday morning, when he was struck by a wheel that came off a tractor trailer, striking him. 

He was taken to the hospital where he died. Before he was a detective…he was a student at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. 

Ben was a graduate of the Collision and repair Technology Program here at Smith Vocational. Teachers called him the ideal student who was a role model for others.

His former instructor Micheal Brooks stayed in contact with Campbell after he graduated. He said Ben will be missed by the school community.

“He was somebody I could always rely on in the shop to get things done and keep moving forward. Ben was just a great student all around,” Brooks said.

Ben also was a graduate of Westfield State University. He leaves behind a wife and 6-month old son.

He would’ve been 32 on Monday.

“It’s just a tragedy that this happened to a good kid,” Brooks said.

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