BPD Remembers: 105 years ago today, on July 7, 1918, Patrolman Michael Brennan was killed in the line of duty when he suffered life-threatening injuries from an apparent fall from a great height while pursuing a suspect in the area of Warren Street in Roxbury. Patrolman Brennan was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Patrolman Brennan worked for the department for less than a year and was 33 years old at the time of his death. Patrolman Brennan left behind a grieving wife and a son, who was born the day after his funeral services.
Patrolman Brennan was laid to rest at Saint Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. on Panel 10, West Line 28. 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 at 302 Warren Street in Roxbury. 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.