BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Watchman David Estes Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 171 Years Ago


BPD Remembers: On this day 171 years ago, April 27, 1848, Watchman David Estes was killed when he suffered a fatal gunshot wound while attempting to apprehend a burglar in the area of Liberty Square, Downtown.

Watchman Estes had worked for the Boston Police Department for over 10 years and was 37-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.

Watchman Estes was laid to rest at South Burial Ground in Boston and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 3, West Line 23.

In Boston, a Hero Sign is posted at the intersection of Batterymarch Street and Water Street in Downtown 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.