BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Joseph M. Mullen who was killed in the line of duty on this day 48 years ago. On Monday, December 18, 1972, Officer Mullen was killed when he was struck by a motor vehicle while directing traffic during an overtime assignment at the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.

Officer Mullen was 61 years of age at the time of his death and had served the department for 35 years. Officer Mullen left behind a grieving wife and two children. 

Officer Mullen was laid to rest at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury, His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 13, East Line 15, as well as, the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign is placed in his honor in the area of Trinity Place and Stuart Street in Boston’s Back Bay.

Lastly, an excerpt from a media account detailing Officer Mullen’s passing is included below: