Veteran Waltham police officer killed in crash remembered as lifesaver, helpful neighbor
National Grid worker Roderick Jackson, 36, of Cambridge, was also killed in the crash. Tracey saved lives and was well-loved.
Roderick Jackson, a National Grid worker from Cambridge, tragically lost his life in the recent crash. He made headlines numerous times throughout his career, often for his heroic actions. In August of 2018, he helped save the life of a woman who was experiencing a drug overdose at a beach in South Yarmouth. While at the Riviera Beach Resort with his family, he and his cousin rushed to aid the woman, who had stopped breathing. They performed CPR, and emergency responders administered the overdose-reversing drug Narcan, ultimately saving her life. Jackson also played a crucial role in saving the life of a Boston 25 News reporter's grandmother, and in 1997, he intervened in a violent incident in his neighborhood, stopping an attack within seconds. Despite his heroic actions, Jackson faced challenges within his own department and was suspended for 15 days in 2014. Despite this, he was a dedicated police officer and a loving husband and father. He ran for Waltham's Ward 3 City Council seat in 2019 and had a reputation for looking out for his neighbors. He was known as a compassionate police officer who always looked out for the underdog, and his loss has deeply impacted those who knew him. His legacy will live on through the lives he touched and the community he served.