BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department take time to remember the service and sacrifice of Officer John J. Earle who was killed in the line of duty on this day 105 years ago. On Saturday, October 21, 1916, John Earle succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was injured by a trolley car at the intersection of Boylston Street and Washington Street in Downtown Boston.

Officer Earle was 34-years-old at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for four years.

Officer Earle is buried at the New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 34, west line 15, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at the intersection of Boylston Street and Washington Street in Downtown Boston.