BPD Remembers: On Sunday, July 3, 1927, Boston Police Officer Harris B. McInnes was shot and killed while pursuing two suspects after a robbery on Main Street in the area of Charles Street in Charlestown. Officer McInnes was 36 years old at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for seven and half years. Making his line-of-duty death ever more tragic is the fact that Officer McInnes was survived by his wife and daughter.
Officer McInnes was laid to rest at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. on Panel 35, West Line 6. 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 on Main Street near Austin Street in Charlestown. 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.