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. Two of Officer Hurley’s children would later follow in their father’s footsteps and become Boston Police Officers. Both are currently assigned to the BPD Harbor Patrol Unit where they protect and serve on a Patrol Boat which was named in memory of their father in June of 2017.
Officer Hurley is buried at Fairview Cemetery in Hyde Park. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, panel 27, west line 18, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial at the State House.
A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor in the area of Aldrich Street and Beech Street Roslindale
Today, on the 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.