BPD Remembers: On this day 102 years ago, February 13, 1919, Officer Charles E. Deininger was shot and killed by two suspects during an auto theft stakeout in the area of Meridian and Nay Streets in East Boston. Five suspects were later apprehended and two were charged with his murder. Prior to joining the police department in 1908, Officer Deininger also worked a few years as a Boston Firefighter while assigned to Engine 37. Reports at the time of his death professed that Deininger was one of the best liked police officers on the force.
An 11-year veteran of the department, Deininger was 38-years-old at the time of his death and was survived by his wife and two children.
Officer Deininger was laid to rest at Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on panel 48, west line 7, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston.
In Boston, a Hero Sign (see photo) is posted in the area of Meridian and Nay Streets in East Boston to forever honor the memory of a man who gave his life in service to his city. If you’re in the area, 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.