On Saturday, September 20, 2014, police officers from around the state flocked to the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial located on the grounds of the State House to remember, recognize and pay respects to officers who died protecting and serving the citizens of our great Commonwealth. Said Police Commissioner Evans, “It’s our duty and obligation to forever remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. And, I’m here to humbly thank them for their service and pray for the safety and well-being of all of our officers working today.”
Dedicated in May of 2004, the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial was created to give surviving family members and fellow officers a place to go to forever remember and reflect upon the memories of loved ones lost protecting and serving the citizens of Massachusetts. During the ceremony, a reading of the roll or the names of the officers killed in the line of duty was solemnly performed.
This year, the names of two officers were added to the memorial: MIT Police Officer Sean Collier and Boston Police Officer John Lynch. Collier was shot and killed during an encounter with the suspects responsible for the attack on the Boston Marathon. Officer Lynch, whose passing was recently ruled a line of duty death, died as a result of head injuries and trauma sustained during an altercation in 1936.