BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Frank B. Callahan Killed in the Line of Duty on this day 76 Years Ago: On February 20, 1945, Officer Frank B. Callahan was shot when he encountered a robbery suspect attempting to make good his escape on foot after robbing a pawn shop on Washington Street in the South End. When the proprietor of the store and his wife, an elderly couple in their sixties, put up a fight during the robbery, the suspect shot and killed both of them. When Officer Callahan intercepted the fleeing suspect, the suspect shot him twice. The wounded officer was transported to Boston City Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on February 20, 1945.
A 26-year veteran of the department, Officer Callahan was 54-years-old at the time of his death. Making his line of duty death ever more distressing is the fact that he left behind a grieving wife and two children.
Officer Callahan was laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden and his name is forever imprinted on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in our nation’s capital on Panel 2, East Line 8. His name can also be seen on the BPD’s Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Massachusetts State Law Enforcement Memorial located on the lawn of the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
In Boston, a Hero Sign has been posted in his honor at Warrenton and Tremont Streets in the South End. Should you find yourself in that area, please keep an eye out for his Hero Sign and, if time allows, take a second to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of a brave soul who died protecting and serving our city while also recognizing the hurt, heartache and hardship endured by the friends and loved ones he left behind.