BPD Remembers: On the night of December 12, 1825, Officer Jonathan Houghton, a member of the Boston Watch, was seriously injured by a suspect armed with an ax while on patrol in the area of Broad Street in Downtown Boston. On December 19th, Officer Houghton succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the age of 61.
Officer Houghton left behind a grieving widow as well as fifteen children. Watch Officer Houghton is buried at the Copps Hill Burial Ground in Boston and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 22, east line 26, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial located at the State House in Downtown Boston.
A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at Broad Street and State Street in Downtown Boston to remember his service and sacrifice to the City of Boston so many years ago.
Officer Houghton is one of eight officers whose deaths were re-classified in 2014 as line of duty deaths after extensive research by BPD Archivist Margaret Sullivan and BPD Chronologist Officer Robert Anthony.