BPD Remembers Service and Sacrifice of Patrolman John Lynch Killed in the Line of Duty on this Day 111 Years Ago


BPD Remembers Patrolman John Lynch: The blue flame at the BPD Memorial forever burns bright for those lost in the line of duty. On this day 111 years ago, January 16, 1908, Patrolman John Lynch, 28, was shot and killed in the line of duty by an armed robber in the area of Summer & Kingston Streets in Boston.  

Patrolman Lynch and another officer were investigating a store robbery at 364 Washington Street when they split up in an effort to locate the three suspects responsible for the crime. While separated, Patrolman Lynch came upon one of the suspects who shot him. Upon hearing the gunshot, the other officer ran to find Patrolman Lynch still holding onto the suspect. Patrolman Lynch would die moments later.

Lynch was laid to rest at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 24, West Line 15.

Although many years have passed since Patrolman Lynch’s death, the weight of his sacrifice has never grown lighter. To forever honor that sacrifice, a Hero Sign is posted at the intersection of Kingston and Summer Streets in downtown Boston. If you’re passing through the area, please 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.