BPD Remembers: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Boston Police Officer James G. McCann, Jr. who died in the line of duty 86 years ago on Wednesday, June 16, 1937.
Officer McCann had just finished working his night shift in District D-14 (Brighton) when he suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 36. Making his passing ever more tragic is the fact that he was survived by his wife and two children.
Officer McCann was laid to rest at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford, Massachusetts. His name is also forever engraved on the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House in Boston.
In Boston, a Hero Sign has been placed in his honor in front of the District D-14 (Brighton) police station at 301 Washington Street in Brighton. The sign is to forever honor the memory of a man who gave his life in service to his city. If you ever find yourself in the area and you happen to see his Hero Sign, kindly take a moment to honor and acknowledge the service and sacrifice of a brave man who died protecting and serving his city.