BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Detective Thomas J. Gill Killed in The Line of Duty on This Day 33 Years Ago: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Detective Thomas J. Gill who was killed in the line of duty on this very day 33 years ago. On February 10, 1988. Detective Gill was killed when he was struck by a train while investigating a breaking and entering in Allston. While searching for stolen firearms on the train tracks in Brighton, he was struck by an Amtrak train and was pronounced at the scene.  

Gill, who was an 18-year veteran of the department, was 38-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 three daughters.  

Detective Gill was laid to rest at The Couch Memorial Cemetery in Marshfield and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 12, East Line 9.

In Boston, a Hero Sign is posted to honor his life and service in the area of Berkeley Street and Warren Avenue in the Back Bay. If you’re passing through the area, please keep an eye out for his Hero Sign and kindly take a moment, not only to honor his sacrifice, but to remember the loved ones left in mourning after his tragic passing so many years ago.