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Following indictment, embattled Holyoke Soldiers’ Home head resigns

The embattled head of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home said in a letter released Friday that he will step down, amid efforts to fire him and a week after he was criminally charged for his role in the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the state-run facility.



Bennett Walsh wearing a suit and tie: Bennett Walsh, former superintendent of the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, spoke in West Springfield, Mass. in 2019.


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Bennett Walsh, former superintendent of the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, spoke in West Springfield, Mass. in 2019.

Bennett Walsh, 50, who was the home’s superintendent since 2016, submitted a letter of resignation to the organization as its board of trustees has been holding meetings behind closed doors to consider his termination. The board met Wednesday and was planning another meeting Monday to review his role in an outbreak that killed at least 76 people. Investigators have said that Walsh’s decision to consolidate units in the facility led to “horrific circumstances” that allowed the virus to easily spread.

In his letter, Walsh, who

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