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

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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).

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Andrew B. Cuneo

A hero sign and memorial plaque were dedicated to Patrolman Cuneo in October of 2011

A hero sign and memorial plaque were dedicated to Patrolman Cuneo in October of 2011

BPD Remembers: The Boston Police Department remembers Officer Andrew Cuneo who was shot and killed in the line of duty 98 years ago on August 13, 1921. Officer Cuneo, who was the first Italian-born Boston Police Officer killed in the line of duty, was shot while confronting an armed gunman on Hanover Street in the North End.

Officer Cuneo had been with the department for 15 years and was 44-years-old at the time of his death. Making his death ever more tragic was the fact that Patrolman Cuneo was survived by his wife and nine children.

Officer Cuneo is buried at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Roslindale, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 7, East Line 6, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Officers Memorial at the Statehouse in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign and memorial plaque have been posted in honor and memory of Officer Cuneo on Hanover Street on District A-1 (Downtown).

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Walter Baxter 82 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Walter Baxter who died in the line of duty 82 years ago today. On Wednesday, August 4, 1937, Officer Baxter died as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty when he was struck by a motor vehicle while manning a traffic box.

He was 39 years of age at the time of his passing and had served with the department for 11 years. Officer Baxter was survived by his wife and their two small children.

Officer Baxter is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 5 East Line 17. His name is also located on the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial located at the State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor on Hyde Park Avenue in District E-18 (Hyde Park).

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Patrolman James B. O'Leary

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BPD Remembers: The Boston Police Department remembers Patrolman James B. O’Leary who was killed in the line of duty on this very day, August 2, 1963, 56 years ago. Patrolman James O’Leary was shot and killed while chasing several suspects who had just committed a robbery. The two suspects were arrested and convicted of first degree murder.

Patrolman O’Leary, badge #1618, had served with the agency for 16 years and was 46-years-old at the time of his death. Sadly, O'Leary was survived by his wife and three children.

Patrolman O’Leary is buried at St.Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury, MA. His name is on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 3, East Line 11.

A Hero Sign is posted in honor and memory of Patrolman O'Leary at Commonwealth Avenue and Fairfield Street in District D-4 (South End). Should you find yourself in that area, please keep an eye out for Patrolman O'Leary's Hero Sign. And, if time allows, say a prayer thanking and acknowledging Patrolman O'Leary for his service and sacrifice while also acknowledging the hurt, heartache and hardship endured by his family forced to come to grips with the loss of a husband, father and friend.  

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Patrolman Patrick J. Carr Killed in the Line of Duty 103 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers: On Tuesday, August 1, 1916, Patrolman Patrick J. Carr was killed in the line of duty when his motor vehicle malfunctioned while responding to aid an injured child at Castle Island. Patrolman Carr was ejected through the windshield vehicle, off the bridge and into the water, where he was rescued by a fellow officer. Patrolman Carr was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.  

Born in Ireland, Patrolman Carr was 45 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 and seven children under the age of 10.

Patrolman Carr was laid to rest at the New Cavalry Cemetery in Mattapan and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 24, West Line 9. A Hero Sign has been placed in his memory at the former location of Shore Road and Day Boulevard in South Boston. Should you happen to find yourself in that area, please take a second to stop, honor and acknowledge the service and sacrifice of a man who was killed in the line of duty while serving and protecting his city. 

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Laurence V. Sheridan 82 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Laurence V. Sheridan who died 82 years ago today. On Wednesday July 28, 1937, Officer Sheridan succumbed to injuries he had sustained in the line of duty several months earlier after being assaulted by a prisoner.

Officer Sheridan was 38-years-old at the time of his death and was survived by his wife and their seven children.

Officer Sheridan is buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 40, West Line 13. His name is also located on the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial located at the State House in Downtown Boston.

 

​BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Patrolman Michael Brennan Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 101 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers: 101 years ago, on July 7, 1918, Patrolman Michael Brennan was killed in the line of duty when he suffered life-threatening injuries from an apparent fall from a great height while pursuing a suspect in the area of Warren Street in Roxbury. Patrolman Brennan was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Patrolman Brennan worked for the department for less than a year and was 33-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 and a son, who was born the day after his funeral services.

Patrolman Brennan was laid to rest at Saint Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 2, East Line 1.

In Boston, a Hero Sign is posted at 302 Warren Street in Roxbury 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.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Lieutenant Benjamin Alexander Killed in the Line of Duty 94 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: On Saturday, July 4, 1925, Lieutenant Benjamin Alexander was killed in the line of duty during the Pickwick Club building collapse on this day 94 years ago. Lt. Alexander was trailing and tracking a jewelry thief inside the building when it collapsed. This incident claimed the lives of 44 people.

Lieutenant Alexander was 42 years old at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for 16 years. On this day, we take a moment to honor and remember Benjamin's service and sacrifice, as well as, the hardships and heartache felt by the family he left behind, which included his wife and six children.

Lieutenant Alexander is buried at the Woburn Jewish Cemetery in Woburn, Massachusetts. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, (Panel 14, East Line 8), as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Officer Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston. 

A Hero Sign has been placed in his memory at the former location of the Pickwick Club near Beach Street at Washington Street in Chinatown. Should you happen to find yourself in that area, please take a second to stop, honor and acknowledge the service and sacrifice of a man who was killed in the line of duty while serving and protecting his city.

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Harris B. McInnes Killed in the Line of Duty 92 years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: On Sunday, July 3, 1927, Boston Police Officer Harris B. McInnes was shot and killed while pursuing two suspects after a robbery on Main Street in the area of Charles Street in Charlestown. Officer McInnes was 36-years-old at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for seven and half years. Making his line-of-duty death ever more tragic is the fact that Officer McInnes was survived by his wife and daughter.

Officer McInnes is buried at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 35, West Line 6, as well as, the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial at the Massachusetts State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor on Main Street near Austin Street in Charlestown.

Should you happen to find yourself in that area, please take a second to stop, honor and acknowledge the service and sacrifice of a fallen hero who was killed in the line of duty while serving and protecting his city.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer James G. McCann Jr. Who Died in the Line of Duty 82 Years Ago Today

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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.    

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Adolph F. Butterman Who Died 100 Years Ago Today as a Result of Injuries Sustained in the Line of Duty

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BPD Remembers: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Adolph F. Butterman who died on Monday June 16, 1919, as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty.

Officer Adolph Butterman died several weeks after he was shot by an unknown assailant during the May Day Riot in Roxbury on May 1, 1919. He was 53 years of age at the time of his passing.

Officer Butterman is buried at The Gardens at Gethsemane in West Roxbury.

His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 13, East Line 17, along with 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 the area of 409 Dudley Street in Roxbury.

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer James T. Malloy Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 85 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer James T. Malloy Who Was Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 85 Years Ago: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer James T. Malloy who was killed in the line of duty on this day, June 4, 1934, while attempting to stop a speeding vehicle in Charlestown 85 years ago. Officer Malloy’s death came as a result of injuries sustained when he was struck in the area of Bunker Hill & Hunter Streets and dragged 125 feet by the vehicle that struck him. The operator of the car, Francis Jart, was arrested and charged with Officer Malloy’s death.  

The 35-year-old Malloy was a 7-year veteran of the department at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife and two children.  

Officer Malloy was laid to rest at the Calvary Cemetery in Waltham and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 10, East Line 4.

In Boston, his name is etched on the Wall of Honor at BPD Headquarters and the Mass Law Enforcement Memorial located on the grounds of the Massachusetts State House. Additionally, a Hero Sign is posted in honor and memory of Officer Malloy at the corner of Bunker Hill and Hunter Streets in Charlestown. Should you find yourself in that area, please keep an eye out for Malloy’s Hero Sign and, if time allows, take a second to say a prayer and 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.    

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer John J. Gallagher Killed in the Line of Duty 57 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: Today the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer John J. Gallagher who was killed in the line of duty 57 years ago today. On Friday, May 25, 1962, Officer John Gallagher was shot by a burglar after responding to an alarm call at Shawmut Bank in Kenmore Square. He was ambushed by the suspect while attempting to clear the basement area of the bank.

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Officer Gallagher had served the department for 7 years at the time of his death and was survived by his wife and three children. 

Officer Gallagher is buried at the New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C., Panel 25, West Line 10, along with 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 in Kenmore Square near 540 Commonwealth Avenue.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Donald A. Brown Killed in the Line of Duty 45 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: Today the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Donald A. Brown who was killed in the line of duty 45 years ago today. On Friday, May 24, 1974, Officer Donald Brown was shot and killed during a robbery at the American Legion Shopping Center at 630 American Legion Highway. Officer Brown was escorting a local store manager to a bank in the shopping center when they were confronted by four suspects. Officer Brown was shot as he attempted to draw his service revolver.

His death came one month prior to his planned retirement at the age of 64 after 29 years of service.

Officer Brown is buried at the Saint Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C., Panel 10, East Line 3, along with 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 near the American Legion Shopping Center in Roslindale.

 

Peace Officers Memorial Day: American Flags Flown at Half-Staff in Honor of Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY: Today, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, American Flags at all police buildings are being flown at half-staff to honor and remember the service and sacrifice of Boston Police Officers and police officers all around the country who have been hurt, harmed or killed protecting and serving citizens of our fine nation. On this day, we kindly ask community members and department members alike to reflect on and honor the memory of all of our officers who have given their lives while protecting others.

The history and origination of Peace Officers Memorial Day has local ties to our region and state. In fact, over a half century ago, on October 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of those Federal, State and Municipal Police Officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.

Said President Kennedy, "It is fitting and proper that we express our gratitude for the dedicated service and courageous deeds of law enforcement officers and for the contributions they have made to the security and well-being of all our people."

Thirty years later, in 1994, President William J. Clinton then signed Public Law 103-322 which directs that the American Flag on all government buildings be flown at half-staff on May 15th of each year. The enclosed photo shows the flag that stands beside the BPD Memorial adjacent to BPD Headquarters accordingly being flown at half-staff.

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

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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.

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Daniel A. McCallum Killed in the Line of Duty 84 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: Today, members of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Daniel A. McCallum who died in the line of duty 84 years ago on May 12, 1935. 

Patrolman McCallum was killed in a motorcycle accident while escorting the governor’s motorcade which had left Fenway Park after a Military Mass on Mother’s Day. Officer McCallum was 40 years old at the time of his passing and had been with the department for 15 years.

Patrolman McCallum is buried at the Cambridge Cemetery in Cambridge. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 11, East Line 14, along with 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 the Jamaica Way near Bynner Street in Jamaica Plain.

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Peter P. Oginskis Killed in the Line of Duty 96 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Peter P. Oginskis who died in the line of duty 96 years ago on May 5, 1923.

Officer Peter Oginskis died as result of injuries sustained after he was struck by a motor vehicle while operating a department motorcycle near Jamaica Pond. Officer Oginskis had been with the department for two years at the time of his death.

Officer Oginskis is buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Hudson, New Hampshire. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 34, West Line 6, as well as the Boston Police Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Law Enforcement Memorial at the Massachusetts State House.

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A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at the intersection of Pond Street and the Arborway in Jamaica Plain.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Captain Hugh J. Lee Killed in the Line of Duty on 100 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers: 100 years ago, on May 2, 1919, Captain Hugh J. Lee was killed in the line of duty when he suffered a fatal heart attack attempting to suppress rioters in Roxbury.

Captain Lee was a 30-year veteran of the department and was 53-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.

Captain Lee was laid to rest at the Old Dorchester Cemetery in Dorchester and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 11, West Line 28.

In Boston, a Hero Sign is posted at the old District 9 Station 409 Roxbury Street in Roxbury 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.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Jose A. Maceira Who Passed Away 42 Years Ago Today

BPD Remembers: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Jose A. Maceira who died as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty 42 years ago today.

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Officer Jose Maceira joined the Boston Police Department in February of 1974. Several short months later, on November 23, 1974, Officer Maceira was shot during a violent confrontation with a suspect in the area of Humphrey Place in Dorchester. The injuries sustained that day would have long lasting implications, ultimately resulting in Officer Maceira’s passing in on May 1, 1977, at the age of 33.

Officer Maceira was the first Hispanic Boston Police Officer to lose his life as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty.

Patrolman Maceira is buried at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Roslindale. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 16 West, Line 30, along with the Boston Police Hero Wall at Police Headquarters and the State Law Enforcement Memorial at the Massachusetts State House.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor in the area of Clifton Street and Dudley Street.