Ludlow, MA - Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Michael Andrews died from cancer on Wednesday, August 2.
Sergeant Andrews recently came home after undergoing treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, according to MassLive. Massachusetts State Trooper Fred Geiger said that he had been battling Adenocarcinoma and liver cancer.
A Facebook page was set up in his honor, as a living tribute to Sergeant Andrews, after he became ill. Updates were provided on his treatment, and many are posting tributes now in his memory for his family.
In a Facebook post, the Massachusetts State Police said:
"It is with great sadness that the Massachusetts State Police note the passing of Sergeant Michael Andrews after a valiant battle against cancer. Mike, who was assigned to the State Police Detective Unit for Hampshire-Franklin County, epitomized the highest ideals of service to his profession and his family.
He was a true gentleman, a devoted family man, a dedicated Massachusetts State Trooper, anda constant source of happiness and laughter to all of his friends.
When Mike was diagnosed with his illness, he fought it ferociously, typical of how Mike lived his life – with passion, optimism, and great strength. Mike will be dearly missed by his State Police family, and our prayers are with his beloved wife and daughter.
We are grateful to the many members of the State Police and Mike’s countless other friends in Team Andrews who stepped up and supported him and his family in this difficult time."
MSP Trooper Norman Shink, a friend of Sergeant Andrews, is urging people to light up their homes in blue to honor him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Michael Andrews, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
Sergeant Andrews, your life mattered.