BPD Remembers: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember Officer Walter Harris who died in the line of duty 117 years ago. On Monday November 19, 1906, Officer Harris succumbed to injuries he had sustained six months earlier when he was thrown from a horse-drawn patrol wagon at the intersection of Adams Street and Lincoln Street in Dorchester.
Patrolman Harris was 41-years-old at the time of his death and had served with the Boston Police Department for nine years. At the time of his passing, he was survived by his wife and 9-year-old daughter.
He is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, MA, and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 29, East Line 27 as well as the BPD Hero Wall and the Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House.
A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor at Adams Street and Lincoln Street to honor the life, service and sacrifice of Officer Walter Harris 117 years ago today.