The Boston Police Department remembers Patrolman Joseph E. Gonya was killed in the line of duty 98 years ago today on October 21, 1923. Patrolman Joseph Gonya was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend three auto theft suspects in Cleary Square. Two suspects were eventually apprehended. Both of them were charged with murder but were acquitted at trial.

Patrolman Gonya was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWI. He had served with the Boston Police Department for four years and had previously served with the Mansfield Police Department. He was survived by his parents, brother, and two sisters.
Patrolman Gonya is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Mansfield, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial Location Panel 11 East Line 5,  his name is also located on the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial in Boston and to the Roll of Honor at Boston Police Headquarters.

A hero sign and Memorial has been placed in Cleary Square, Hyde Park.