BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Patrolman Franklin B. Dreyer Killed in the Line of Duty 89 Years Ago Today


BPD Remembers: Patrolman Franklin B. Dreyer was shot and killed on Thursday April 24, 1930, during an exchange of gunfire with a breaking and entering suspect in the area of Adams Street and Ashmont Street in Dorchester. He was 32 years of age at the time of his death. Patrolman Dreyer had served with the Metropolitan Park Police before joining the Boston Police. 

Patrolman Dreyer is buried in the New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan.  His name is etched on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C., Panel 14, East Line 2. His name is also located on the Boston Police Hero wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the State Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston. A hero sign has been placed in his honor at the corner of Adams Street and Ashmont Street in Dorchester.

As you go about your day, please join with the men and women of the BPD as we reflect on the service and sacrifice of Patrolman Franklin Dreyer as well as the sadness and loss felt by those he left behind 89 years ago today.