Who Was Paul Tracy Waltham? Police Officer Killed by Peter Simon

Paul Tracy was a 58-year-old Waltham police officer who was killed by a New Hampshire man, Peter Simon, in a hit-and-run.

Simon, 54, of Woodsville, New Hampshire,  killed Waltham police officer Paul Tracy and a National Grid worker before fleeing in a stolen cruiser.

Simon was later arrested and is being charged with two counts of manslaughter and armed robbery.

Meanwhile, Paul Tracy has sadly died leaving his family and community in mourning.

In this article, we learn all there is to learn about Paul Tracy Waltham as well as the deadly crash involving Peter Simon Woodsville.

Who was Paul Tracy Waltham?

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Paul Tracy was a Waltham police officer who was sadly killed during a hit-and-run involving 54-year-old Peter Simon of Woodsville, New Hampshire.

Reports emerged Wednesday, December 6th 2023 that a Waltham police officer later identified as Paul Tracy and a National Grid worker were struck and killed by a pickup truck at a roadside detail. 

Two other National Grid workers were injured in the crash on Totten Pond Road. 

The driver then fled the scene and stole a police cruiser at knifepoint.

Peter Simon was driving the car that struck and killed 58-year-old Waltham police officer Paul Tracy, and a 36-year-old National Grid worker from Cambridge, Middlesex District. 

Authorities did not release the name of the National Grid worker.

Narrating the accident, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said was on Totten Pond Road in Waltham at about 4 p.m. Wednesday when he attempted to do a U-turn into traffic, struck a Jeep and then took off.

About a quarter of a mile down the road, Simon reportedly crashed his truck into a police detail and National Grid crew working on a possible gas leak, killing 58-year-old Waltham Police Officer Paul Tracy and a 36-year-old National Grid worker from Cambridge and injuring two other National Grid workers.

Ryan said Simon hit two other vehicles, abandoned his truck and ran off before pulling a knife on another Waltham police officer responding to the scene and taking off in the officer’s cruiser.

He later crashed that cruiser before he was arrested after another short foot chase.

Paul Tracy Waltham, the deceased police officer, has been described as a great man, officer and dad.

A father of two, he had served the city of Waltham for 28 years.

“Paul Tracey served this great city with distinction,” Waltham Police Chief Kevin O’Connell said. 

“He was a compassionate police officer, and always looked out for the underdog. He was an amazing husband, a loving father, and a friend to all.”

Following his sad death, officers from around the state lined the procession route as his body was transported to the medical examiner’s office in Boston.

Paul Tracy Waltham is survived by wife Kristin, daughter Danika and son Tyler.

Peter Simon

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Peter Simon, the driver accused of killing Waltham police officer Paul Tracy and a National Grid worker before fleeing in a stolen cruiser, is being charged with two counts of manslaughter and armed robbery.

Simon is expected to face additional charges Thursday when he appears in Waltham District Court.

Following the death of their workier, National Grid released a statement.

“At National Grid, safety is our first priority. Our thoughts are with the crew members, their families and loved ones,” the company said.

In court on Thursday, prosecutors are expected to detail the facts of this case and possibly announce additional criminal charges when Simon goes before a judge.

Witnesses described the horrific scenes following Wednesday’s crash.

“”All of a sudden, I hear someone — like screams — and I came out and I saw people on the ground, and I called 911. But I was traumatized just watching the scene. It was just a horrifying scene,” Johana Rodriguez said.

“My brother called me, and he was like, ‘Did a cop car just drive by?’ And I was like, ‘Oh yeah.’ And he was like, ‘Someone just stole a cop car and just flew down the street with it.’ And then, I like look down the street and I could see like the other cop cars. I thought like eight of them come down the street,” said Natalie Macmillan, who saw the police chase.

Paul Tracy Waltham Council run

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Once upon a time, Paul Tracy made a run for the City of Waltham Ward 3 Council.

In an interview with Patch, he laid out his hopes, aspirations and plans, which give a good look at who he was as a person.

We reproduce parts of the interview below…

Q: Why are you seeking this office?

A: To solve problems, politicians solve problems

Q: Please complete this statement: The single most pressing issue facing my constituents is \_\_\_, and this is what I intend to do about it.

A: Preservation of open space at Fernald. Fernald has been closed off to the public for over 10 years. It should be opened for the public to see. Medfield State Hospital is a similarly closed institution, however, the grounds are open to the public, you cannot go into the buildings. Open Fernald to the public along with the gate to Mackerel Hill, Trapelo Rd.

Q: What other issues do you intend to address during your campaign?

A: Ward 3 needs stronger representation in dealing with major issues that impact the ward from variables outside the ward. Lexington’s position to place a solar farm on the Waltham line. The major development in Lexington on the Waltham line specifically along Lexington St. The steel plates that have been covering Beaver Brook on the Waltham Belmont line for over two years now. Lexington’s successful ability to prevent postal trucks from exiting 200 Smith St. directly onto Rt. 2, this was previously a matter that has since been resolved. It seems that in Ward 3, more influence is impacted from sources outside Waltham than in. 

Q: What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

A: Politics is solving people’s problems. I’ve been solving problems as a municipal employee for 28 years. I drive the streets every day and evening. I hit the same potholes, see the same leaning and double telephone poles and street lights that are either not working or never shut off. So I send emails or make telephone calls to see if these matters can be solved. There are delicate balances because there are so many issues and matters that are in the works so sometimes it’s just a matter of sending along the right information that a matter or issue is currently in discussion or due to be fixed.

Waltham

The below is culled from the Wikipedia entry for Waltham.

Waltham is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, and was an early center for the labor movement as well as a major contributor to the American Industrial Revolution. 

The original home of the Boston Manufacturing Company, the city was a prototype for 19th century industrial city planning, spawning what became known as the Waltham-Lowell system of labor and production. 

The city is now a center for research and higher education, home to Brandeis University and Bentley University as well as industrial powerhouse Raytheon Technologies. 

The population was 65,218 at the census in 2020.

Waltham has been called “watch city” because of its association with the watch industry. 

Waltham Watch Company opened its factory in Waltham in 1854 and was the first company to make watches on an assembly line. 

It won the gold medal in 1876 at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. 

The company produced over 35 million watches, clocks and instruments before it closed in 1957.

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