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    Middletown mourns young officer’s death

    07:54 AM EST on Thursday, January 1, 2009

    By C. EUGENE EMERY JR.

    Journal Staff Writer

    MIDDLETOWN — Calling hours are scheduled Sunday afternoon in Fall River for a third-generation police officer who died suddenly last Sunday morning at the age of 28.

    Patrolman Thomas Mac Cabral suddenly reported breathing problems while at his girlfriend’s house. He was taken to Newport Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

    Middletown Police Chief Anthony M. Pesare said yesterday there were no signs of foul play and the state medical examiner is trying to determine the cause of death for the gregarious patrolman, whose father and grandfather had been police officers in Fall River.

    “He had been out with friends, was at his girlfriend’s, and there were no indications” of impending death, the chief said.

    A member of the department for more than three years, Cabral had been the community police liaison to the Blenheim Newport Senior Center on Valley Road.

    “I remember getting a call from some of the residents who were tickled that he would come in to play bingo with them,” said Pesare. “That gave you a glimpse of the type of person he was.”

    The chief said he was “outgoing, gregarious. In this business, it’s very stressful. You’re running around doing a million things, and he had a way of buoying everybody’s spirits when you were down, making people laugh. He was the perfect balance between enforcing the law and serving the community.”

    He graduated from Tiverton High School in 1998, where he played football, baseball and basketball. A former store detective with Stop & Shop, he earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Bristol Community College in 2005.

    He also attended Roger Williams University.

    He is survived by his parents, a sister, a brother and two grandmothers.

    Sunday’s calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Cherry Place, 178 Winter St., in Fall River. His funeral will be Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Theresa Church, 265 Stafford Rd., Tiverton.

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    It's a shame that things happen like that. I had a college teamate have the same thing happen to him. It makes you realize how precious your time here really is.

    RIP brother!
    I get paid for this?

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