BPD Remembers the Service And Sacrifice Of Officer Joseph M. Mullen Killed In The Line Of Duty On This Day 46 Years Ago: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Joseph M. Mullen who was killed in the line of duty on this very day 46 years ago. On December 18, 1972, Officer Mullen was killed when he was struck by a motor vehicle while directing traffic during an overtime assignment at the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.
Mullen, who was a 35-year veteran of the department, was 61-years-old at the time of his death. Making his passing ever more tragic is the fact that he left behind a grieving wife and two children.
Officer Mullen was laid to rest at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 13, East Line 15.
In Boston, a Hero Sign (see photo) is posted to honor his life and service in the area of Trinity Place and Stuart Street in the Back Bay. 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.