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Police Officer Daniel Robert Boyle | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Daniel Robert Boyle

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 6, 1991

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 5459

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/4/1991

Weapon: Handgun; 9 mm

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Boyle succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two days earlier after stopping a stolen car. The suspect was found after falling through a skylight into an apartment after setting himself on fire. The man was sentenced to death, but the sentence was vacated in 2015 when he was ordered to serve live without possibility of parole.

Officer Boyle had served with the agency for seven months since graduating from academy. He was survived by his mother, father, stepmother, and two sisters. His father also served as a detective with the Philadelphia Police Department.

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You will always be remembered. You made the ultimate sacrifice on that February day. You were a part of my father's first squad, as a rookie cop, when he first came on the job. He says he remembers you like it was yesterday, strutting around in your leather jacket. My father was much older when he joined the police department, but he said you were young and full of life. He talks to me about you and this god awful day, when your life was taken way too soon. He says how the city was in complete shock and the incident was a wake up call for the Philadelphia police department at the time, and they began doing two man car patrols. I wish that I could have had the honor of meeting you. I think about all of the fallen police officers, around the country, and especially in my city, Philadelphia. I think about the ultimate sacrifice, that many overlook, that a police officer makes every single day as soon as they put their blue uniform on. May you always rest in peace and may you always look over your loved ones. You will forever have a place in my father's heart and now mine. As I saw on a reflection posted for you earlier, "A hero is always remembered for his sacrifice." Rest in peace Danny.

Kaitlyn Connors
Daughter of Detective John Connors, P. P. D.
April 6, 2017

 

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