BPD Remembers: On Monday, October 28, 1991, Boston Police Officer Jeremiah J. Hurley, Jr. was killed in the line of duty while responding to and investigating a suspicious package in the area of 39 Eastbourne Street in Roslindale. During the investigation, the device detonated, fatally wounding Officer Hurley and critically injuring his partner. At the time of his death, the 50-year-old Hurley, a 23-year-veteran of the department, was assigned to the BPD’s Bomb Squad Unit.
He was survived by his wife, two daughters, two stepsons, and two grandchildren. Three of Officer Hurley’s children would later follow in their father’s footsteps to become Boston Police Officers. In June of 2017, the BPD Harbor Patrol Unit named a patrol boat in memory of Officer Hurley.
Officer Hurley is buried at Fairview Cemetery in Hyde Park. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C, Panel 27, West Line 18. 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 of Aldrich Street and Beech Street in Roslindale. 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.
Today, on the 32nd anniversary of his passing, please join the men and women of the BPD as we take a moment to remember the service and sacrifice of a brave soul who died protecting and serving our city while also recognizing the hurt and heartache endured by the family and friends he left behind.