BPD Remembers: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Boston Police Officer James G. McCann, Jr. who died in the line of duty 82 years ago on Wednesday June 16, 1937.
Officer McCann had just finished working his night shift in District D-14 (Brighton) when he suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 36. Making his passing ever more tragic is the fact that he was survived by his wife and two children.
Officer McCann was laid to rest at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford, Massachusetts. His name is located on the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial at the State House.
A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor in front of the District D-14 (Brighton) police station at 301 Washington Street in Brighton.
Should you find yourself in that area, please keep an eye out for McGann’s Hero Sign and, if time allows, take a second to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of a brave soul who died protecting and serving our city while also recognizing the hurt, heartache and hardship endured by all those he left behind.