BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer John Lynch who passed away 78 years ago today. Officer Lynch passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 1944, as a result of injuries previously sustained in the line of duty. Officer Lynch was involved in a physical altercation with a suspect in 1936 which resulted in serious injuries. While Officer Lynch was able to return to work, his ongoing health issues persisted, ultimately, forcing him to retire from active duty in 1942 after serving the City of Boston for 22 years.
Officer Lynch was 57-years-old at the time of his passing and was survived by his wife and their four children.
Officer Lynch is buried at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial as well as the Hero Wall located at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial at the Massachusetts State House in Downtown Boston.
A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor on Washington Street in District E-13 (Jamaica Plain).