On Monday, March 17, 1969, Boston Police Officer Francis B. Johnson was shot and killed while responding to a fight at a tavern on Tremont St. He had been nearby directing traffic at Kneeland and Tremont Streets when a citizen alerted him to the disturbance. As he entered the bar he was momentarily unable to see as it was extremely bright outside and extremely dark inside. He was unaware that a man inside was waving a gun and as his eyes adjusted to the darkness the suspect shot him. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life and has been denied parole on several occasions.
From the Officer Down memorial page.
On this day we remember Officer Johnson’s sacrifice, and all other Boston Police officers who gave their lives to protect their fellow citizens.