Boston's Run to Remember - The Race that Honors First Responders Killed in the Line of Duty

Congratulations to those who participated in Boston’s 15th Annual Run to Remember Road Race Honoring first responders killed in the line of duty. The race consists of a Half Marathon & 5 Mile Race which runs through historic downtown Boston.

Cecil Jones, a Boston Police Sergeant Detective, who founded the race 15 years ago with the primary goal to honor and remember the service and sacrifice of first responders, be it police, fire or EMS personnel, killed in the line of duty while protecting and serving citizens in communities all across the country. Many of those today ran to honor the memory of fallen Weymouth Police Sergeant Michael Chesna, and fallen Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy.

“First responders come in all shapes and sizes. So, whether you are a nurse, firefighter, police or military we all have the same goal and that’s to bring everyone home safely,” Jones said.

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer John J. Gallagher Killed in the Line of Duty 57 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: Today the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer John J. Gallagher who was killed in the line of duty 57 years ago today. On Friday, May 25, 1962, Officer John Gallagher was shot by a burglar after responding to an alarm call at Shawmut Bank in Kenmore Square. He was ambushed by the suspect while attempting to clear the basement area of the bank.

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Officer Gallagher had served the department for 7 years at the time of his death and was survived by his wife and three children. 

Officer Gallagher is buried at the New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C., Panel 25, West Line 10, along with the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor in Kenmore Square near 540 Commonwealth Avenue.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Donald A. Brown Killed in the Line of Duty 45 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: Today the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Donald A. Brown who was killed in the line of duty 45 years ago today. On Friday, May 24, 1974, Officer Donald Brown was shot and killed during a robbery at the American Legion Shopping Center at 630 American Legion Highway. Officer Brown was escorting a local store manager to a bank in the shopping center when they were confronted by four suspects. Officer Brown was shot as he attempted to draw his service revolver.

His death came one month prior to his planned retirement at the age of 64 after 29 years of service.

Officer Brown is buried at the Saint Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C., Panel 10, East Line 3, along with the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor near the American Legion Shopping Center in Roslindale.

 

PEACE WALK: Hope You Can Join Us Tonight for Friday Night Peace Walk in Roxbury

 

Peace Walk: Please Join Us Tonight for the Weekly Friday Night Peace Walk in Roxbury

WHERE: 12th Baptist Church at 160 Warren Street, Roxbury

WHEN (Two Start Times):  4:30 PM & 6:00 PM

We encourage all citizens who want to make a difference in the community to come out and walk side-by-side with Boston Police Command Staff, Boston Police Officers and Boston Clergy as they take STRIDES together in making the streets of Boston a safe place for all. There are two scheduled Peace Walks departing from the 12th Baptist Church at 4:30pm and 6:00pm. So, if you can’t make the early, don’t be afraid to show up late.

Buyer Beware! Boston Police Warn of Counterfeit Tickets Ahead of Stanley Cup Finals

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On Monday, May 27, 2019, the Boston Bruins will take on the St. Louis Blues for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. The Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets to the big game. Fans who purchase tickets from a second or third party source are taking a chance, therefore, we encourage fans to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies. Purchasing from other sources, such as online and social media sites, is done at the buyer’s own risk. Officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to only purchase from official vendors. Purchasing via other means creates the potential for possessing either an invalid or counterfeit ticket and monetary loss.

If any community members have information about the selling of counterfeit tickets, you are urged to contact Boston Police. Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

Be safe, enjoy the finals, and GO B’s!

 

BPD Traffic Advisory: Parking and Traffic Restrictions for 2019 Run to Remember Road Race

BPD Traffic Advisory: On Sunday May 26, 2019, the 15th Annual Run to Remember Road Race will require the closing of streets along the route from approximately 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM. An estimated 10,000 runners will begin at 7 AM on Seaport Boulevard at the World Trade Center. They will proceed from Seaport Boulevard, right onto Atlantic Avenue, left onto State Street, right onto Congress Street, left onto New Chardon Street, right onto Cambridge Street, over the Longfellow Bridge, leaving the City of Boston into the City of Cambridge, returning to the City of Boston, via the Longfellow Bridge, right onto Charles Street, right onto Beacon Street, left onto Arlington Street, right onto Commonwealth Avenue Outbound, left onto Berkeley Street, left onto Commonwealth Avenue Inbound, right onto Arlington Street, left onto Boylston Street, left onto Washington Street, right onto State Street, right onto Congress Street, left onto Atlantic Avenue, right onto Seaport Boulevard.

 

“Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Sunday 6 AM to 12 Noon” parking restrictions will be in effect at the following locations.

• Beacon Street, Public Garden side, Charles Street to Arlington Street

• Cambridge Street, south side, New Chardon Street to Charles Circle

• Seaport Boulevard, both sides, B Street to Atlantic Avenue

• State Street, both sides, Atlantic Avenue to Congress Street

• Milk Street, both sides, Washington Street to Congress Street

 

Run to Remember: The Road Race that Honors First Responders Killed in the Line of Duty Set to Kick Off Sunday, May 26, 2019

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RUN TO REMEMBER: Boston’s 15th Annual Run to Remember Road Race Honoring First Responders Killed in the Line of Duty Set to Kick Off This Sunday: The Boston Police Runner’s Club is gearing up for the 15th Annual Run to Remember Road Race taking place this Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Boston’s Seaport District. The Run to Remember, one of the region’s biggest and most popular half marathons, which runs through historic downtown Boston was created in 2004 by Cecil Jones, a Boston Police Sergeant Detective, with a primary goal of honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of first responders, be it police, fire or EMS personnel, killed in the line of duty while protecting and serving citizens in communities all across the country. If you are interested in signing up to participate in this year’s race or would like more information about the event, please follow this link to the official website.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, May 24, 2019

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 2

Residential Break-ins: 2
Commercial Break-ins: 1

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NOTE: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

Keeping Boston Safe: Suspect in Custody After Search Warrant Leads to the Recovery of Drugs and Cash in Roslindale

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Keeping Boston Safe: At about 10:35 AM on Thursday May 23, 2019, officers assigned to the District E-18 (Hyde Park) Drug Control Unit arrested Cesario Soto Cueto, 30, of Roslindale on drug related charges during an investigation in the area of Harrison Avenue in Roslindale. Officers simultaneously executed search warrants for the suspect, his motor vehicle and his residence which led to the recovery of more than 1,620 grams of fentanyl and $5,179 in U.S. Currency. The suspect was placed in custody on scene without incident and will appear in West Roxbury District Court on charges of Trafficking Class A Drugs. 

 



Officers Arrest One Male Suspect on Gun Charges in Dorchester

 

At about 9:45 a.m., on Thursday, May 23, 2019, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) were patrolling the area of Freeman Street and Charles Street when they observed a male travelling on a moped in the wrong direction on Charles Street.

The individual —who was not wearing a helmet, sped down Charles Street, and began operating the moped on the sidewalk of the MBTA (Fields Corner) bus terminal.  

A short time later officers observed the suspect, later identified as Sharrone Baskin, 20, of Boston, jump off of the moped and flee on foot in the area of 5 Topliff Street.  

As officers caught up with Baskin they observed him leaning over a porch with his right arm extended under the steps. Officers were able to place Baskin in handcuffs without incident; while observing the handle of a firearm protruding from the aforementioned steps where Baskin had been reaching. The firearm was a High Standard R-100 revolver .22 caliber and was loaded with 9 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition. 

Baskin was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Carrying a Loaded Firearm. He will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

Investigation Update: Victim Identified in Death Investigation in the area of 95 Millet Street in Dorchester

 

Investigation Update: At about 8:42 PM on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 95 Millet Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed an adult male victim suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital by Boston EMS, where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Carl Brown, 43, of Dorchester.

Although an arrest has been made in connection to this investigation, the Boston Police Department continues to actively review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

 

BPD Officers Thrilled to Support the Kids Competing in the BPS Special Olympic Games

#BPDinTheCommunity: Our officers had an amazing time supporting and interacting with all the incredible kids (Grades K-thru-8) participating in the BPS Special Games sponsored by @SpOlympicsMA and @BostonSchools. As you can see in the photos, an incredibly rewarding day for all involved!!! Our officers were thrilled to be a part of it.

BPD Community Alert: What To Do If a Phone Scammer Calls You

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Yesterday, on Wednesday May 22, 2019, officers assigned to District D-14 (Brighton) took a report from an adult victim who was scammed out of several thousand dollars after receiving a phone call from from an unknown person claiming to be with the “Social Security Bureau.” The scammer called from a number which was disguised to appear as a legitimate Boston Police Department phone number and requested that the victim send money via an electronic transaction to which the victim complied.

The Boston Police Department is issuing a community alert in hopes of protecting, educating and informing community members on the appropriate steps to take if a phone scammer targets or calls them.

HERE’S WHAT TO DO IF A PHONE SCAMMER CALLS YOU:

  • You control the call. If you sense you’re being scammed, hang up the phone.

  • If any monetary demands are made, especially ones where the scammer requests funds be sent via MoneyGram or Western Union, it is a tell-tale sign of a fraud.  

  • Note the phone number where the call or text originated and report the incident to the Boston Police Department immediately.

In addition to filing a report with the Boston Police Department, victims are also encouraged to report any Phone/Internet Fraud Scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Please call the FTC at 1(877) FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or TTY 1-866-653-4261 or visit their website at: www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

 

BPD Photos of the Day: It's Prom Night in District B-3!

It is an exciting time for high school seniors as prom season is here, however some students may not be able to afford what it costs to attend prom and to create prom memories with their classmates. “Giving the Glam” is a non-profit organization that coordinates with the Boston Police Department’s District B-3 Community Service Officer Cynthia Brewington, and the Massachusetts Student Grant Programs to assist selected students in creating memorable —and as you can see, very glamorous— experiences for prom.

Duckling Trapped in Sewer Rescued by BPD Officers with Help from Boston Water and Sewer

Make Way for Ducklings: At about 12:15 PM on Thursday, May 23, 2019, Officers Dany Matos and Isaac Jackson, who were passing by, were alerted by witnesses of a mother duck leading her ducklings in the middle of Tremont Street in Roxbury. The witnesses ushered the ducks from the left lane to the sidewalk across from BPD Headquarters, stopping traffic to make sure they did not get hit on the busy motorway. While moving the brood, one of the ducklings fell into the sewer. Officers requested Boston Water and Sewer Commission to assist in moving the sewer cover and retrieving the trapped duckling. With the assistance of Boston Water and Sewer, the duckling was rescued from the sewer and safely placed into a box with the other eleven ducklings. The ducks were transferred to Jamaica Pond by Boston Animal Control.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, May 23, 2019

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 0
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 3
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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NOTE: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

Suspect Wanted for Warrant out of New Hampshire on Charges of Arson and Attempted Murder Arrested in Boston

 

At about 2:00 PM on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, members of the Fugitive Unit made an onsite arrest in the area of 55 Fruit Street in Boston. Officers arrested Gerald Gutekunst, 73-years-old, of Hudson, New Hampshire who was wanted out of Hudson, NH for an active Hillsborough County warrant for charges of Arson of an Occupied Structure and Attempted Murder. Gutekunst was taken into custody and will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on a Fugitive from Justice charge before being extradited to New Hampshire. 

 

BPD Seeks Public’s Help in Effort to Identify Individual Wanted in Connection to Bank Robbery in Dorchester

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating an individual as it relates to the following incident:

At about 10:51 AM on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a panic alarm at 305 Talbot Avenue (East Boston Savings Bank) in Dorchester. On arrival officers spoke to one of the tellers who stated an unknown white Hispanic male approached her window and passed her a note demanding money. The victim stated she handed over an undisclosed amount of US Currency to the suspect who took the money and the note, then fled on foot down Talbot Avenue toward Southern Avenue in Dorchester. A description of the suspect was broadcast and officers searched the area for him to no avail.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police District B-3 (Mattapan) Detectives at (617) 343-4712.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Four Arrested, Firearm, Drugs and Cash Recovered in Charlestown

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Keeping Boston Safe: At about 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, officers assigned to District A-15 (Charlestown) made four onsite arrests and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of Rutherford Avenue and Old Rutherford avenue in Charlestown. While on patrol in the area of the above location, officers observed a motor vehicle operating with no inspection sticker. Officers activated their emergency equipment (lights and sirens) and conducted a traffic stop. Officer’s spoke to the operator who provided a license. A query of the operator’s license led officers to the discovery that the license was in fact suspended. Officers learned that none of the four occupants were licensed operators, with each of the passengers only having an identification card. At this time, officers made the determination to tow the motor vehicle due to none of the occupants being licensed. Each of the occupants were removed from the motor vehicle. While removing one of the rear passengers, officers recovered two bags of marijuana and a Springfield XD .40 caliber firearm loaded with ten rounds of live ammunition, which had fallen from the male’s waistband to his ankle. The passenger was taken into custody. Additionally, officers located a backpack containing a digital scale, two plastic bags, one containing 26 pills believed to be ecstasy and the other containing 78 pills believed to be Xanax. Officers also recovered an undisclosed amount of US Currency as well as additional plastic bags containing marijuana. All four occupants were taken into custody. 

Officers arrested Ashley Saintus, 21-years-old, of Dorchester, Youcef Benarba, 25-years-old, of Chestnut Hill, Pierre Diamondez, 21-years-old, of Hyde Park, and Romario Sanchez, 19-years-old, of Dorchester. All are expected to be arraigned in Charlestown District Court. Saintus is charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class C Drugs Subsequent Offense, Possession of Class B Drugs, Possession of Class C Drugs, and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws. Benarba is charged with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol, and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws. Diamondez is charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws. Sanchez is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, and Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws.

 

One in Custody After BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm During Traffic Stop in Roxbury

 

ONE LESS GUN: At about 7:15 PM on Tuesday May 21, 2019, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite firearm arrest during a traffic stop in the area of 25 Perrin Street in Roxbury. The officers were on routine patrol when they stopped a motor vehicle for an equipment violation. During the course of their investigation, the officers safely recovered a loaded 9mm FMK handgun from inside the vehicle at which time they arrested the front seat passenger, identified as Mark Stokes, 27, of Dorchester. The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (3rd and Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.