BPD Remembers Patrolman Berisford Wayne Anderson: The blue flame at the BPD Memorial forever burns bright for those lost in the line of duty. On this day 25 years ago, February 5, 1994, Patrolman Berisford Wayne Anderson was shot and killed in the line of duty by an individual driving the wrong way down a one-way street in Boston.
Officer Anderson had finished his tour of duty, taken off his uniform and ballistic vest and while dressed in civilian clothes, stopped a vehicle speeding the wrong way down a one-way street. After identifying himself as a Boston Police Officer, the driver of the vehicle pulled out a handgun and shot patrolman Anderson point- blank in the chest. The suspect, who had outstanding warrants, was arrested a short time later.
Officer Anderson had served with the Boston Police Department for 14 years and is buried at the Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain. Officer Anderson’s name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 15, East Line 19, as well as on the Hero Wall at Boston Police headquarters and at the Police Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston.
A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at the corner of Spencer Street and Talbot Avenue in Dorchester.
Although many years have passed since Patrolman Anderson’s death, the weight of his sacrifice has never grown lighter. We burn the blue flame to forever honor that sacrifice and remember the loved ones left in mourning after his tragic passing 25 years ago.