The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer John J. Earle 103 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer John J. Earle 103 years ago today. On Saturday, October 21, 1916, John Earle succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was injured by a trolley car at the intersection of Boylston Street and Washington Street in Downtown Boston.

Officer Earle was 34 years old at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for four years.

Officer Earle is buried at the New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 34, west line 15, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at the intersection of Boylston Street and Washington Street in Downtown Boston.

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Seth A. Noyes 149 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Seth A. Noyes 149 years ago. While on duty in South Boston in 1867, Officer Seth A. Noyes suffered life threatening injuries which resulted in permanent paralysis while making an arrest. He remained hospitalized for the remainder of his life, ultimately passing away three years later on Tuesday October 18, 1870.

Officer Noyes was 41 years old at the time of his passing and had served with the Boston Police Department for ten years. He was survived by his wife.

Officer Noyes is buried at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 62, west line 30, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House.

Officer Noyes’ name was added in 2017 after careful research revealed the facts and circumstances of his line of duty death 149 years ago.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor in the area of East 1st Street and M Street in South Boston.

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Ezekiel W. Hodsdon 162 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Ezekiel W. Hodsdon who was killed in the line of duty 162 years ago today. On Sunday, October 18, 1857, Officer Hodsdon was shot and killed by a suspect as he attempted to arrest a second suspect in the area of Havre Street and Maverick Street in East Boston. Both suspects were later identified and arrested.  

Officer Hodsdon was the first Boston Police Officer killed in the line of duty. He was 25 years old at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for one year. Officer Hodson was survived by his wife and their son, who was just 10 days old at the time of his death.

Officer Hodsdon is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 50, west line 26, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House.

A Hero Sign and Memorial have been placed in his honor at the corner of Maverick Street and Havre Street in East Boston.

 

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Patrolman John ​F.​ Condon Killed in the Line of Duty on this Day 92 Years Ago

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BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Patrolman John F. Condon who was killed in the line of duty on this day, October 7, 92 years ago. On October 7, 1927, Patrolman Condon was killed in the line of duty when a suspect took possession of his firearm, while Patrolman Condon was attempting to arrest another male, and shot him repeatedly.

Patrolman Condon was 41-years-old at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for eight years. Making his passing all the more tragic is the fact that he was survived by his wife and three children.

Patrolman Condon is buried at the St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial (Panel 6, West Line 28), as well as, the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial located at the Massachusetts State House.

A Hero Sign has been placed in Patrolman Condon’s honor at 543 Tremont Street in District D-4 (South End). Should you ever find yourself in the area, please take a moment to reflect on the service and sacrifice of a hero who gave his life while protecting and serving others.

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Detective John J. Mulligan 26 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: On this day 26 years ago, Detective John James Mulligan was shot and killed in the line of duty in Roslindale. Detective Mulligan was 52 years old at the time of his death and had been with the BPD since 1966. He was survived by his two sons.

Detective Mulligan is buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in Brighton, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 30, west line 19, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial located at the State House.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor on American Legion Highway in Roslindale.

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Albert Motroni 95 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Albert Motroni who was killed in the line of duty 95 years ago today. On Monday, September 22, 1924, Officer Albert Motroni was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire with a suspect who was wanted for auto theft.

Officer Motroni was 31-years-old at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for five years. Making his passing all the more tragic is the fact that he was survived by his wife and 5-year-old daughter.

Officer Motroni is buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 48, west line 10, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial located at the Massachusetts State House.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at the intersection of Liverpool Street and Summer Street in District A-7 (East Boston).

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer John Lynch 75 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer John Lynch who passed away 75 years ago today. Officer Lynch passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 1944, as result of injuries previously sustained in the line of duty. Officer Lynch was involved in a physical altercation with a suspect in 1936 which resulted in serious injuries. While Officer Lynch was able to return to work, his ongoing health issues persisted, ultimately, forcing him to retire from active duty in 1942 after serving the City of Boston for 22 years.

Officer Lynch was 57-years-old at the time of his passing and was survived by his wife and their four children.

Officer Lynch is buried at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford, MA.  His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 13, West Line 39, as well as, the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial located at the Massachusetts State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor on Washington Street in District E-13 (Hyde Park).

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer John Ivar Jackson 90 Years Ago Today

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BPD REMEMBERS: In the early morning hours of September 4, 1929, at about 2:00am, Officer John Jackson was struck and killed by a drunk driver moments after he stepped off of a streetcar while walking his beat in West Roxbury. The driver who struck Jackson never stopped to render aid and fled the scene of the accident. Moments later, a passing motorist, seeing the injured officer, stopped and transported Officer Jackson to an area hospital (Forest Hills Hospital) where he, sadly. later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The driver who struck him later turned himself in and was charged with Manslaughter and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Although, the charges were later dropped.

Officer Jackson, who was a recipient of the Victory Medal for his military service in France during WWI and was appointed to the Boston Police Department on November 19, 1928 and assigned to Division 17 in West Roxbury. At the time of his death, Jackson was 36-years-old and had served the Boston Police Department for 11 months. Making his passing ever more tragic IS the fact that he was survived by his wife, Blanche, and their two young children: 8-yr-old George and 1-yr-old Lorraine.

Officer Jackson lays in rest at the Norden Cemetery in Uxbridge, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 60, West Line 5, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial located at the State House in Downtown Boston.

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Alfred M. Sturdivant 115 Years Ago Today

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BPD REMEMBERS: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Alfred Sturdivant who was killed in the line of duty 115 years ago today. On Sunday, September 4, 1904, Officer Alfred Sturdivant was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance at a home on Falcon Street in East Boston.

Officer Sturdivant was 47-years-old at the time of his death and had been with the Boston Police Department for 15 years. Making his death of more tragic is the fact that he left behind and was survived by his wife and mother.

Officer Sturdivant is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 11, East Line 13, as well as 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 in the area of Falcon Street and Putnam Street in East Boston.

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer William R. Beckman 43 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer William R. Beckman 43 Years ago today. On Wednesday September 1, 1976, Boston Police Officer William Beckman suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty after responding to a vandalism call in the area of 325 Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay. On arrival, Officer Beckman became involved in a foot pursuit and subsequently made an arrest when he collapsed after placing the suspect in his cruiser.

Officer Beckman was 52 years old at the time of his passing and had served with the Boston Police Department for 21 years. He was survived by his wife and their five children.

Officer Beckman is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Needham, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 24, West Line 11, as well as 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 Boylston Street at Ring Road on District D-4 (South End).

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Louis H. Metaxas 30 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Louis H. Metaxas Who Died in the Line of Duty on this Day 30 Years Ago:

On Sunday, August 27, 1989, Officer Louis Metaxas died after falling from a rooftop while searching for a burglary suspect in the area of 55 Old Colony Avenue in South Boston.

Officer Metaxas, a Vietnam Army veteran, was 41-years-old at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for nine years.

Officer Metaxas is buried at the Arms Cemetery in Shelburne Falls, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 61, West Line 3, as well as 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 Old Colony Avenue in South Boston (District C-6).

 

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.