The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Patrolman Andrew B. Cuneo: The Boston Police Department remembers Patrolman Andrew Cuneo who was shot and killed in the line of duty on this very day, August 13, 1921, 97 years ago. Patrolman Cuneo, who was the first Italian-born Boston Police Officer killed in the line of duty, was shot and killed while confronting an armed gunman on Hanover Street in the North End The suspect had just stolen a .38 caliber revolver from a local store. And, when Cuneo approached, the suspect opened fire.
Patrolman Cuneo had been with the department for 15 years and was 44-years-old at the time of his death. Making his death ever more tragic was the fact that Patrolman Cuneo was survived by his wife and nine children.
Patrolman Cuneo is buried at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Roslindale, MA. His name is on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 7, East Line 6.
A Hero Sign and memorial plaque is posted in honor and memory of Patrolman Cuneo on Hanover Street on District A-1 (Downtown). Should you find yourself in that area, please keep an eye out for Patrolman Cuneo’s Hero Sign and memorial plaque which was dedicated to him in October of 2011. And, if time allows, say a prayer thanking and acknowledging Patrolman Andrew Cuneo for his service and sacrifice while also acknowledging the hurt, heartache and hardship endured by his family forced to come to grips with the loss of a husband, father and friend.