The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer William L. Abbot Killed in the Line of Duty 89 Years Ago: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer William L. Abbot who was killed in the line of duty 89 years ago. On November 28, 1931, Officer Abbot, a motorcycle officer assigned to Traffic Duty in the Back Bay, was killed when his police motorcycle struck a pole while pursuing a stolen motor vehicle in the area of Brookline Ave and the Riverway. As Officer Abbot drove alongside the suspect vehicle, the driver swerved into him causing Abbot to lose control of his motorcycle and crash.

Officer Abbot, a 10-year veteran of the department, was 39-years-old at the time of his death. Making his passing ever more tragic is the fact that he left behind a grieving wife and five children. Abbot was laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury and his name can be found on the National Law Enforcement Memorial at Panel 42, West Line 14.

In Boston, a Hero Sign (see photo) is posted in honor and memory of Officer William L. Abbot at the corner of Brookline Ave and the Riverway. Should you find yourself in that area, please keep an eye out for Abbot’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 the family and friends he left behind.