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Patrolman David Brown suffered a fatal heart attack on August 14, 1983, in Dorchester shortly after a short pursuit of a vehicle that was speeding on Columbia Road near Blue Hill Avenue.

While sitting inside the police vehicle he suffered a seizure while checking the vehicle registration and driver's license. His partner removed him from the vehicle and started CPR. He was taken to Boston City Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Patrolman Brown was a U.S Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He had served with the Boston Police Department for less than six years. He is survived by his wife, and five children, he was 35 years of age. Assigned to District 2.

Patrolman Brown is Buried at Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial Location Panel 36 West Line 32, his name is also located on the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the State killed in the Line of duty Police Memorial located at the State House.

Patrolman Brown name was added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial this year. He was one of the newest officers uncovered.