BPD Remembers: On Monday March 17, 1969, Officer Francis B. Johnson was shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to a disturbance at a tavern in the area of Tremont Street in Downtown Boston. The suspect was later apprehended and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Johnson was 51 years of age at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for 27 years. He was survived by his wife and six children. He was laid to rest at the Blue Hills Cemetery in Braintree.

Officer Johnson’s name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial at the State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at Tremont Street and Boylston Street in Downtown Boston.