BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Sergeant Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds Who Died in the Line of Duty on this Day Five Years Ago:

BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Sgt. Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds Who Died in the Line of Duty Five Years Ago: Today, Tuesday, April 10, 2019, we take a moment to remember the service and sacrifice of Boston Police Sgt. Dennis ‘DJ’ Simmonds who passed away on this day five years ago after suffering a medical emergency stemming from injuries sustained during a shootout in Watertown with the individuals responsible for the attack on our Boston Marathon. 

Shortly after midnight almost six years ago, on April 19, 2013, Officer Simmonds and his fellow officers responded to Watertown for developing incident outside the city. MIT Police Officer Sean Collier had been murdered in Cambridge and it was believed that those responsible were on the run in Watertown. Not surprisingly, Officer Simmonds was among the first Boston Police Officers to arrive at the scene and, on arrival, quickly found himself engaged in a firefight with the individuals who attacked the Marathon. During the fight, Officer Simmonds would suffer a severe head injury resulting when one of the suspects tossed an explosive device towards him. Almost a year to the day later, on April 10, 2014, Officer Simmonds suffered a medical emergency as a result of the injuries sustained on that fateful evening that would ultimately claim his life.  

In the days after the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Officer Simmonds and his partners would receive the Schroeder Brothers Medal, the BPD’s highest award and honor for courage and bravery. In May of 2014, a month after his passing, Officer Simmonds’ family and other Boston Police Officers would travel to Washington, DC to receive an award from President Barack Obama.

On that day, May 12, 2014, President Obama would present 25 Massachusetts Police Officers, including Officer Simmonds, with the nation’s Top Cop Award for bravery and dedication as shown during the attack on the Boston Marathon and the ultimate apprehension of those responsible in the days that followed. During the ceremony, President Obama offered the following, “In Boston, our entire country saw once again the strong stuff that these men and women in uniform are made of … we don’t always get that opportunity to stand and applaud the men and women who keep us safe. But they’re out there, hundreds of thousands of you, patrolling our streets every single day. And we know that when we need you most, you’ll be ready to dash into danger, to protect our lives even if it means putting your lives on the line.”

So, on this day, the men and women of the BPD humbly ask you to take a moment to appreciate and applaud those who dash into danger fully prepared to sacrifice their own safety to protect and serve others. On this day, we ask you to remember the service and sacrifice of Boston Police Sgt. Dennis Simmonds.

Sgt. Simmonds is buried at the Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain and his name is can be seen on the National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 33 East Line 29. His name is also etched on the Boston Police Memorial at Boston Police Headquarters and the State Memorial at the State House.

A Hero Sign has been placed at the Boston Police Academy on 85 Williams Ave in Hyde Park.

He was posthumously promoted from officer to sergeant by the Boston Police Department on June 14, 2018.

BPD Remembers: Boston Police Officer Dennis O. Simmonds Posthumously Promoted to the Rank of Police Sergeant

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On Thursday, June 14, 2018, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans posthumously promoted Boston Police Officer Dennis O. Simmonds to the rank of Police Sergeant. 

Sergeant Simmonds was appointed to the Boston Police Department on December 8, 2008. During his career, Officer Simmonds  received the Department’s highest honor, the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Award, on February 18, 2014 for his brave, heroic and selfless actions during the initial shootout in Watertown following the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings, during which he suffered an injury that ultimately lead to his death in the line of duty on April 10, 2014. Sergeant Simmonds was added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 2015.

It is with tremendous levels of honor, respect and reverence that Commissioner Evans announces Sergeant Simmonds' promotion in remembrance and honor of his service to the Boston Police Department and the City of Boston.

“The decision to posthumously promote Officer Simmonds to sergeant was an easy one,” said Police Commissioner William Evans. “He was an exceptional police officer who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the city he loved. This is a tribute to his hard work and service to the City of Boston during his time as an officer. His leadership and dedication made him a perfect candidate for sergeant, so I have promoted him to honor his name and keep his memory alive.”

REMEMBERING DENNIS SIMMONDS: Brotherhood Bike Ride Makes Generous Donation to the Dennis Simmonds Scholarship Fund

REMEMBERING DENNIS SIMMONDS: In 2007, the Brotherhood Bike Ride was created to honor and remember first responders killed in the line of duty and to provide financial assistance to the loved ones left behind. Today, representatives from the Brotherhood Ride made a donation to Lasell College in memory of Officer Dennis Simmonds. Dennis died in the line of duty as a result of injuries suffered during the capture of those responsible for the attack on our Boston Marathon. Today, a $3,000 donation was made to Lasell College and the scholarship fund created in Dennis’ memory. To our friends from the Brotherhood Ride, we say: “Thanks for remembering our fallen hero.” To learn more about the Brotherhood Ride, click on the enclosed link: www.brotherhoodride.com.