Remembering One of Our Own: Officer John Lynch Honored


The following letter - sent from the Administrative Offices of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial - was recently received by the Boston Police Department with good news for the family of Police Officer John Lynch: 

“It is our honor to inform you that the name of Patrolman John Lynch of the Boston, Massachusetts, P.D. has been approved for inclusion to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. The name will be formally dedicated on May 13th at the 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil during National Police Week.” 

Officer Lynch, a 22 year veteran of the Boston Police Department, retired in 1942. He passed away two years later. A review of his passing – at the behest of his family – showed substantial medical evidence linking Officer Lynch’s death with injuries suffered and sustained while on duty working as a member of the Boston Police Department. In light of the new evidence, Officer Lynch’s death has been re-classified as an on duty passing. As such, his name is now eligible and, consequently, will join the close to 20,000 officers whose names now adorn the memorial after making the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and serving the citizens of our fine country.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is centered in the 400 block of E Street, NW, Washington, DC and is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people.

For more information about the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial – please click on the enclosed link: