Remembering a Fallen Hero: BPD Honors Police Officer Killed in the Line of Duty 100 Years Ago

Remembering a Fallen Hero: 100 years ago this month, Police Officer Patrick Carr was killed in the line of duty racing to save a 6-year-old boy suffering life threatening injuries as a result of a fall from a cannon on Castle Island in South Boston. Officer Carr never made it to the call. While en route, he was involved in a motor vehicle accident that later claimed his life. A tragically ironic twist of fate where one life is lost in the haste to rescue another. This past week, the friends and family of Officer Carr gathered with Commissioner Evans, Chief Gross and the men and women of the BPD to honor and remember an officer who made the ultimate sacrifice. Said the Commissioner: “This is probably one of the most important things we do. Remembering and honoring the service of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and serving our citizens is not only the right thing to do, but also crucially important to all those who wear the badge today. In honoring Officer Carr for what he did 100 years ago, we are saying to his family and all those who protect and serve today that we will never forget those who heroically die protecting and serving out city.” A Hero Sign, forever commemorating Officer Carr’s sacrifice, is on permanent display at the corner of Day Boulevard and Shore Road in South Boston.