On Thursday, June 14, 2018, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans posthumously promoted Boston Police Officer Dennis O. Simmonds to the rank of Police Sergeant.
Sergeant Simmonds was appointed to the Boston Police Department on December 8, 2008. During his career, Officer Simmonds received the Department’s highest honor, the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Award, on February 18, 2014 for his brave, heroic and selfless actions during the initial shootout in Watertown following the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings, during which he suffered an injury that ultimately lead to his death in the line of duty on April 10, 2014. Sergeant Simmonds was added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 2015.
It is with tremendous levels of honor, respect and reverence that Commissioner Evans announces Sergeant Simmonds' promotion in remembrance and honor of his service to the Boston Police Department and the City of Boston.
“The decision to posthumously promote Officer Simmonds to sergeant was an easy one,” said Police Commissioner William Evans. “He was an exceptional police officer who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the city he loved. This is a tribute to his hard work and service to the City of Boston during his time as an officer. His leadership and dedication made him a perfect candidate for sergeant, so I have promoted him to honor his name and keep his memory alive.”