BPD Remembers: On August 13, 1921, Officer Andrew B. Cuneo who was shot and killed in the line of duty. Officer Cuneo, who was the first Italian-born Boston Police Officer killed in the line of duty, was fatally wounded while confronting an armed gunman on Hanover Street in the North End. The suspect had just stolen a .38 caliber revolver from a local store and when Officer Cuneo approached, the suspect opened fire.
Officer Cuneo had been with the department for 15 years and was 44-years-old at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife and nine children.
Officer Cuneo was laid to rest at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Roslindale. His name is located at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. on Panel 7 East, 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 Hanover Street in District A-1 (Downtown). 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.