Springfield Police Commissioner speaks of former student: Officer Evans


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood has a special place in her heart for Capital Police Officer William “Billy” Evans.

Evans, the capital police officer from North Adams in the Berkshires, had been one of the commissioner’s students when she taught at Western New England University almost two decades ago.

Officer killed in attack at U.S. Capitol was native of western Massachusetts

During today’s weekly COVID-19 Update at Springfield City Hall, the commissioner spoke of her former student.

“I thought when I saw his photo, I did have him as a student in 2001 at Western New England University. He looked familiar to me. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family,” Commissioner Clapprood said.

Flags fly at half staff in memory of the veteran Capital police officer killed in a senseless attack on a security team guarding Capital Hill.

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