The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Sergeant Edward Q. Butters Who Died in the Line of Duty 90 Years Ago Today


BPD Remembers: On Wednesday August 14, 1929, Sergeant Edward Butters died while protecting and serving the citizens of Boston after succumbing to injuries sustained after he was thrown from a department vehicle while on duty.

Sergeant Butters, who was 61-years-old at the time of his death, had been employed with the Boston Police Department for 38 years. Butters is buried at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain, MA.

His name is located at the National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 12, East Line 5. Additionally, his name can be found on the BPD’s Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters located at One Schroeder Plaza and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial located on the grounds of the Massachusetts State House near the intersection of Bowdoin Street and Ashburton Place.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor on Blue Hill Avenue on District B-3 (Mattapan).