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Braintree High grad, FBI agent passes away unexpectedly

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  December 12, 2012 01:09 PM

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A Braintree High grad working as an FBI special agent died unexpectedly this month in Florida, and was buried with military honors in Blue Hill Cemetery Wednesday morning. .

Jarrod Petrelli, 35, of the St. Louis office, was attending a law enforcement conference on gangs in Florida on Dec. 6 when he unexpectedly died.

Despite his early death, Petrelli had accomplished much. A member of the U.S. Army Reserves, he had served four years with the West Palm Beach Police Department, two years at the Broward County Sherriff’s Office, and one year at the Amherst Police Department.

According to an obituary provided by McDonald Funeral Homes of Weymouth, his work followed the footsteps of his grandfather, who worked for the Braintree Police Department.

Petrelli became a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in August 2008 and has since worked out of the field office in St. Louis Missouri.

With a focus on violent gangs in the past four years, he quickly rose through the ranks, and soon became a relief supervisor after completing his two-year probationary period.

In October 2012, he received a Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Attorney for leading a 2 1/2-year investigation into the dismantlement of a violent heroin trafficking rink.

In that case, all 16 members, with the exception of one at-large fugitive, have been convicted and sent to prison.

Born in Weymouth, the New England local moved to Braintree, and graduated from Braintree High in 1996.

Petrelli passed away three days shy of his 35th birthday.

Friends remembered Petrelli fondly in the guest book through the funeral home website, calling him and his work inspiring.

He leaves behind several family members, including his wife Tammy Petrelli and three young daughters, Rachel, Ashlet, and Ariana.

He also leaves behind parents Frank and Kathy Patrelli of Braintree, and sister Nicole McCue of Weymouth and Michael Petrelli of Braintree.

He is survived by several nieces, nephews, two grandmothers, and his in-laws.

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