Fallen Hero Obituary

Law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts

Detective John D. Schroeder Age: 54 years old Tour: 22 years Boston Police End of Watch: Friday, November 30, 1973
Detective Schroeder was shot and killed when he surprised three men who were robbing a pawn shop.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder but released on a technicality after serving only 12 years. After being released he committed an armed robbery and was returned to jail.

Detective Schroeder had been with the agency for 22 years. His brother, Patrolman Walter Schroeder, was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 24, 1970, while working for the same agency.

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.

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