BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Michael J. Crowley Killed in the Line of Duty 58 Years Ago Today


BPD Remembers: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Michael J. Crowley who died in the line of duty 58 years ago on May 12, 1961.

Officer Crowley was killed after a crash involving his department motorcycle while attempting to stop a speeding car on River Street in Mattapan. He was survived by his wife and their five children. His daughter Catherine later joined the Boston Police Department and proudly wore her father’s badge, #1889, in remembrance of him throughout her career.

Officer Crowley was laid to rest at the New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 48, West Line 2, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor on River Street in Mattapan.