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.

 


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

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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.

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Patrolman Franklin B. Dreyer Killed in the Line of Duty 89 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: Patrolman Franklin B. Dreyer was shot and killed on Thursday April 24, 1930, during an exchange of gunfire with a breaking and entering suspect in the area of Adams Street and Ashmont Street in Dorchester. He was 32 years of age at the time of his death. Patrolman Dreyer had served with the Metropolitan Park Police before joining the Boston Police. 

Patrolman Dreyer is buried in the New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan.  His name is etched on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C., Panel 14, East Line 2. His name is also located on the Boston Police Hero wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the State Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston. A hero sign has been placed in his honor at the corner of Adams Street and Ashmont Street in Dorchester.

As you go about your day, please join with the men and women of the BPD as we reflect on the service and sacrifice of Patrolman Franklin Dreyer as well as the sadness and loss felt by those he left behind 89 years ago today.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Ward M. Bray Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 98 Years Ago 

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Ward M. Bray Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 98 Years Ago: On this day 98 years ago, April 14, 1921, Officer Ward M. Bray was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a commercial vehicle in the area of Centre Street and Walter Street in Jamaica Plain. Officer Bray was carried by a fellow officer to a doctor passing by who pronounced him deceased at the scene.

A United Stated Army Machinist in World War I, Officer Bray was a 2-year veteran of the department and 26-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, his mother, and his sister.

Officer Bray was laid to rest at Acorn Cemetery in Rockland, Maine and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 27, West Line 10.

In Boston, a Hero Sign is posted at the intersection of Centre Street and Seaverns Avenue in Jamaica Plain 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: 80 Years Ago Today, Patrolman Thomas A. Davis was Killed in the Line of Duty

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BPD Remembers: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Patrolman Thomas A. Davis who was killed in the line of duty 80 years ago today.

Patrolman Davis died as a result of injuries he sustained while making an arrest on Thursday April 13, 1939. Patrolman Davis was 49 years of age at the time of his death and had served with the department for 20 years.

Patrolman Davis was laid to rest at the New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 50, West Line 8. His name is also located on the Boston Police Department hero wall at Headquarters and the State House.

As you go about your day today, please remember the service and sacrifice of Patrolman Davis as well as the loss his family, friends and loved ones endured so many years ago.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer James B. Roche Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 83 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer James B. Roche Killed in the Line of Duty on this day 83 Years Ago: On March 21, 1936, Officer James B. Roche suffered a fatal heart attack while at the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

A 13-year veteran of the department, Officer Roche was 46-years-old at the time of his death. Officer Roche was laid to rest at Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 30, West Line 2.

In Boston, a Hero Sign is posted at the intersection of Faneuil Street and Harriet Street in Brighton 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 George J. Hanley Who Died On This Day 85 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers The Service And Sacrifice Of Officer George J. Hanley Who Died On This Day 85 Years Ago: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer George J. Hanley who died on this day, March 20, 1934, 85 years ago after suffering injuries in the line of duty several years earlier. Officer Hanley’s death came as a result of injuries sustained when he was struck by a police vehicle years prior.

The 46-year-old Hanley was an 8-year veteran of the department at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.  

Officer Hanley was laid to rest at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Mattapan and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 25, West Line 5. In Boston, his name is etched in the Wall of Honor at BPD Headquarters and the Mass Law Enforcement Memorial located on the grounds of the Massachusetts State House.

BPD Remembers the Service of Patrolman Francis B. Johnson Killed in the Line of Duty 50 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: On this day 50 years ago, March 17, 1969, Boston Police Patrolman Francis B. Johnson was shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to a disturbance at a tavern in the area of Kneeland Street and Tremont Street in Downtown Boston. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Johnson was 51 years of age at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for 27 years. He was survived by his wife and six children. He was laid to rest at the Blue Hills Cemetery in Braintree.

Patrolman Johnson’s name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 35, West Line 6. His name is also on the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters along with the Police Memorial at the State House in Boston. A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at Tremont Street and Boylston Street in Downtown Boston.

Please join the men and women of the BPD as we take a moment to honor and remember his service and sacrifice fifty years ago today.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Patrolman Frank B. Callahan Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 74 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Frank B. Callahan Killed in the Line of Duty on this day 74 Years Ago: On February 19, 1945, Officer Frank B. Callahan was shot while attempting to stop a man who was running from a pawn shop on Washington Street after he had just robbed and killed the proprietor and his wife. Officer Callahan later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on February 20, 1945. 

A 26-year veteran of the department, Officer Callahan was 54-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 two children.

Officer Callahan was laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 2, East Line 8.

Let us never forget Officer Callahan, who chose law enforcement in order to protect and serve the community and made the ultimate sacrifice.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Thomas F. Rose Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 26 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Thomas F. Rose Killed in the Line of Duty on This Day 26 Years Ago: On this day 26 years ago, February 19, 1993, Patrolman Thomas F. Rose shot and killed after letting an inmate out of his cell to make a phone call in the cell block of District A-1 (Downtown). Officer Rose’s murderer was convicted of the crime the same year.

A 13-year veteran of the department, Officer Rose was 42-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, three children and a granddaughter.

Officer Rose was laid to rest at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 26, West Line 9.

In Boston, a Hero Sign (see photo) is posted outside of District A-1 Station at 40 Sudbury Street in Boston 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.