BPD REMEMBERS: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Walter E. Harris who died on this day 114 years ago. On May 11, 1906, Officer Harris was seriously injured after being thrown from a horse drawn patrol wagon while on duty in the area of Adams Street and Lincoln Street in Dorchester. Officer Harris, suffering from life threatening injuries, later succumbed to his injuries, passing away several days later on Monday, November 19, 1906.
Officer Harris, an 11-year-veteran of the Boston Police Department, was 41-years-old at the time of his death. Officer Harris was survived by his wife and 9-year-old daughter.
Officer Harris is buried at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial at Panel 29, East Line 27, as well as, the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Law Enforcement Memorial at the Massachusetts State House in Downtown Boston.
A Hero Sign, honoring his service and sacrifice to our city, has been placed in his memory in the area of Adams Street and Lincoln Street in Dorchester.
Officer Harris was one of eight officers whose deaths were re-classified as line of duty deaths in 2014 after extensive research conducted and provided by BPD Archivist Margaret Sullivan and BPD Chronologist, Officer Robert Anthony. To both Margaret and Robert, we say thank you for the passionate efforts put forward to make certain that those who died as heroes are remembered and categorized appropriately as such.