Today Sunday, June 5, 2016, following the Police Memorial Sunday services at Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans laid a wreath beside the grave of Patrolman Jose A. Maceira who died on May 1, 1977 from complications of a gunshot wound suffered in the line of duty. Patrolman Maceira was also a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He had graduated from the Boston Police Department's academy only three weeks prior to being shot with his own firearm after a violent struggle with a suspect who ultimately disarmed him of his service weapon.
Officer Maceira was the first Hispanic police officer within the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to lose his life as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty. Police Memorial Sunday is a day set aside by statute for the purpose of honoring deceased members of the Boston Police Department like Officer Maceira. To Officer Maceira and all 65 officers whose names were read today, may you rest in peace.