BPD Remembers: The Boston Police Department remembers Patrolman James B. O’Leary who was killed in the line of duty on this very day, August 2, 1963, 58 years ago. Patrolman James O’Leary was shot and killed while chasing several suspects who had just committed a robbery. The two suspects were arrested and convicted of first degree murder.
Patrolman O’Leary, badge #1618, had served with the department for 16 years and was 46-years-old at the time of his death. Sadly, O'Leary was survived by his wife and three children.
Patrolman O’Leary is buried at St.Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury, MA. His name is on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 3, East Line 11.
A Hero Sign is posted in honor and memory of Patrolman O'Leary at Commonwealth Avenue and Fairfield Street in District D-4 (South End). Should you find yourself in that area, please keep an eye out for Patrolman O'Leary's Hero Sign.