BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Thomas F. Rose Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 26 Years Ago: On this day 26 years ago, February 19, 1993, Patrolman Thomas F. Rose shot and killed after letting an inmate out of his cell to make a phone call in the cell block of District A-1 (Downtown). Officer Rose’s murderer was convicted of the crime the same year.
A 13-year veteran of the department, Officer Rose was 42-years-old at the time of his death. Making his line of duty death ever more tragic is the fact that he left behind a grieving wife, three children and a granddaughter.
Officer Rose was laid to rest at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 26, West Line 9.
In Boston, a Hero Sign (see photo) is posted outside of District A-1 Station at 40 Sudbury Street in Boston to forever honor the memory of a man who gave his life in service to his city. If you’re in the area, 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.