Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer John Condon and Detective Francis Creamer

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BPD REMEMBERS: While the blue flame of the BPD Memorial forever burns bright for those killed in the line of duty, today we recall the service and sacrifice of Officer John Condon and Detective Francis Creamer, two members of the department who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and serving the citizens of Boston on the same day (October 7) forty-seven years apart.

On October 7, 1927, Officer John Condon was shot and killed in the line of duty during an altercation with two men in the area of 543 Tremont Street. During the altercation, one of the men grabbed Condon’s revolver and then used it to shoot and kill him. At the time of his death, the 41-year-old Condon had been on the department for eight years. Making his death ever more tragic, Condon was survived by his wife and three small children.

Forty-seven years later, Detective Francis Creamer, a 21-year veteran of the department, was keeping the peace at a demonstration in South Boston when a thrown projectile struck him in the head causing severe head trauma that would ultimately take his life on October 7, 1974. At the time of his death, the 47-year-old Creamer was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Robbery Squad Unit. Making his death ever more tragic, Creamer was survived by his wife and daughter.  

On this day, the men and women of the Boston Police Department respectfully ask you to join us as we take a second to thank and acknowledge the service and sacrifice of two brave souls who died protecting and serving our city while also recognizing the hurt, heartache and hardship endured by two families forced to come to grips with the loss of a husband, father and friend who never came home.