BPD Remembers: The Boston Police Department remembers Patrolman James B. O’Leary, who was killed in the line of duty on this very day, August 2, 1963, 60 years ago. Patrolman James O’Leary was shot and killed while chasing several suspects who had just committed a robbery. The two suspects were arrested and convicted of first-degree murder.
Patrolman O’Leary, badge #1618, had served with the agency for 16 years and was 46 years old at the time of his death. Sadly, O’Leary was survived by his wife and three children.
Patrolman O’Leary is buried at St.Joseph Cemetery in West Roxbury, MA. His name is on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 3, East Line 11.
A Hero Sign is posted in honor and memory of Patrolman O’Leary at Commonwealth Avenue and Fairfield Street in District D-4 (South End). Should you find yourself in that area, please keep an eye out for Patrolman O’Leary’s Hero Sign. And, if time allows, say a prayer thanking and acknowledging Patrolman O’Leary for his service and sacrifice while also acknowledging the hurt, heartache, and hardship endured by his family forced to come to grips with the loss of a husband, father, and friend.