BPD Remembers: On this day 28 years ago, February 19, 1993, Officer Thomas F. Rose was shot and killed in the line of duty during an attempted escape by a prisoner who had been allowed to exit his holding cell to make a phone call in the booking area of District A-1 (Downtown). Once outside his cell, however, the prisoner lunged for Officer Rose’s weapon. As the two wrestled for control of the firearm, the suspect was able to discharge several rounds, two of which struck Officer Rose, ultimately, costing him his life.
Officer Rose was 42-years-old at the time of his death and had been with the department for 13 years. He was survived by three children and a granddaughter. In June of 1998, Rose’s son, Thomas, would follow in his father’s footsteps joining the rank and file of the Boston Police Department.
On the day of his funeral, an estimated 5,000 law enforcement officers from around the region travelled to St. Ann’s Church in Dorchester to pay their final respects to a fallen hero. Officer Rose was later laid to rest at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester.
A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor outside of the District A-1 Station located at 40 Sudbury Street in Boston. Officer Rose’s name is forever imprinted on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. His name can also be found on the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Massachusetts State Law Enforcement Memorial located on the lawn of the State House in Boston.