BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Ward M. Bray Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 98 Years Ago 

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Ward M. Bray Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 98 Years Ago: On this day 98 years ago, April 14, 1921, Officer Ward M. Bray was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a commercial vehicle in the area of Centre Street and Walter Street in Jamaica Plain. Officer Bray was carried by a fellow officer to a doctor passing by who pronounced him deceased at the scene.

A United Stated Army Machinist in World War I, Officer Bray was a 2-year veteran of the department and 26-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, his mother, and his sister.

Officer Bray was laid to rest at Acorn Cemetery in Rockland, Maine and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 27, West Line 10.

In Boston, a Hero Sign is posted at the intersection of Centre Street and Seaverns Avenue in Jamaica Plain 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.