Fallen Hero Obituary

Law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts

Officer Francis B. Johnson Age: 51 years old Tour: 27 years Boston Police End of Watch: Monday, March 17, 1969
Patrolman Francis Johnson was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance at a local tavern. He had been nearby directing traffic at Kneeland and Tremont Streets when a citizen alerted him to the disturbance.

As he entered the bar he was momentarily unable to see as it was extremely bright outside and extremely dark inside. He was unaware that a man inside was waving a gun and as his eyes adjusted to the darkness the suspect shot him.

The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life and has been denied parole on several occasions.

Patrolman Johnson had served with the agency for 27 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.

Remembering …

mlemf-logoOver 340 law enforcement officers have lost their lives while protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth. This encompasses state and local police, federal, sheriff and correction officers.

The Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial will serve as a permanent reminder of their dedication and ultimate sacrifice.

Our Strength is in their Memories