BPD REMEMBERS: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Lieutenant Joseph L. A. Cavagnaro who died in the line of duty 87 years ago. Lieutenant Detective Cavagnaro was conducting a homicide investigation in New York State when the vehicle he was riding in was forced off the road, causing a crash which would take his life and seriously injure a local investigator who was driving at the time of the incident. It is believed that the vehicle that caused the crash was being operated by criminals with ties to the original homicide in Boston.
Lieutenant Detective Cavagnaro was 54 years old at the time of his death and had served the department for 27 years. He left behind a grieving wife and four daughters.
Lieutenant Cavagnaro was laid to rest at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 22, West Line 17.
In Boston’s Back Bay, a Hero Sign is posted to honor the life and service of Lieutenant Detective Cavagnaro near the site of the old Boston Police Headquarters on Berklee Street. If you’re passing through the area, please keep an eye out for his Hero Sign and kindly take a moment, not only to honor his sacrifice, but to remember the loved ones left in mourning after his tragic passing so many years ago.