Yesterday, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Police Commissioner William Evans, and the BPD Harbor Patrol Unit led the dedication and christening of the new BPD Harbor Patrol 38’ SAFE boat.
The new, highly maneuverable and highly tactical boat, which was partially funded by the Boston Police Foundation, was officially name the “Jeremiah J. Hurley, Jr.” after the late Officer Hurley. BPD Officer Hurley (Jerry) was appointed on February 14, 1968. He served in several assignments before being assigned to the Boston Police Bomb Squad (EOD Unit). On October 28, 1991, Officer Hurley and his partner, Officer Frank Foley, responded to a call for a device under a motor vehicle in a residential neighborhood in Roslindale. During the investigation, the device detonated, fatally wounding Officer Hurley and critically wounding Officer Foley. Officer Hurley had served with the BPD for 23 years at the time of the incident; he was killed in the line of duty at age 50.
In a moving tribute to her late husband, Officer Hurley’s wife Cynthia popped the cork on a bottle of sparkling wine and christened the “Jeremiah J. Hurley, Jr.” by pouring wine over the bow. Three of late Officer Hurley’s children, David, Leanne, and Donald, who followed in their father’s footsteps and currently work as officers for the BPD with 28, 22, and 20 years of service, respectively, were on hand. After the ceremony, Jerry’s eleven grandchildren posed on the bow of the boat that will ensure the memory of their grandfather will live on with the Boston Police Department.