BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Patrolman John J. Earle who was killed in the line of duty on this day 107 years ago. On Saturday, October 21, 1916, Patrolman John Earle succumbed to injuries sustained the previous day when he was injured by a trolley car at the intersection of Boylston Street and Washington Street in Downtown Boston.
Patrolman Earle was 34-years-old at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for four years.
Patrolman Earle is buried at the New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C., Panel 34, West Line 15. 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 in the area Boylston Street and Washington Street in Downtown Boston. 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.