It is with deep regret that the Boston Police Department announces the passing away of on-duty Police Officer Dennis O. Simmonds.
Officer Simmonds, assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force, was rushed to the hospital yesterday after suffering a medical emergency. After valiant efforts to save Officer Simmonds by department and hospital personnel, he passed away late yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Simmonds family and friends during this very difficult time.
Officer Simmonds was a highly decorated and beloved member of the Boston Police Department. He served the Department with dedication for 6 years. He was appointed in 2008, assigned to District B-3 and in 2012 became a member of the Youth Violence Strike Force. He was 28-years-old.
Officer Simmonds was honored at this year's Boston Police Relief Association Awards Ceremony, earning the Department's highest honor, the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Medal for his bravery during the initial Watertown shoot-out following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
Officer Simmonds will be greatly missed by his friends, colleagues and all members of the Department. Funeral arrangements will be shared as soon as they become available.