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BPD Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Patrick C. Gannon Who Died in the Line of Duty on this Day 81 Years Ago: On April 2, 1940, Officer Patrick C. Gannon died in the line of duty after exposure to and the inhalation of deadly, toxic fumes which poisoned him while working strike duty.  

A 21-year veteran of the department, Officer Gannon was 46-years-old at the time of his death. Making his passing ever more tragic and disheartening is the fact that he was survived by and left behind his wife and four daughters.

Officer Gannon was laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Brookline and his name is forever inscribed 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 addition to the above, a Hero Sign has been posted in his honor at Thompson Square in Charlestown. 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 and appreciate the service and sacrifice of a brave soul who died protecting and serving our city on this day 81 years ago.