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Chief of Police Patrick A. Butler | Weymouth Police Department, Massachusetts Weymouth Police Department, Massachusetts

Chief of Police

Patrick A. Butler

Weymouth Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Thursday, April 15, 1915

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: 35 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Incident Date: 4/15/1915

Weapon: Automobile

Suspect: Guilty of OUI; sentenced to one year hou

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Chief Patrick Butler was struck by a motor vehicle as he attempted to stop a motorist who was driving without their headlights on.

As Chief Butler left his home en route to work at 9:30 PM he saw a vehicle approaching with its headlights off. Chief Butler stepped into the middle of the street and signaled to the driver to stop. The driver, who was intoxicated, struck Chief Butler, the force of which threw him some distance. The car then ran over his body. Chief Butler was transported home by two of his children where he died of a fractured skull and broken back.

The motorist was arrested and charged with manslaughter. The manslaughter charge was dropped but the motorist was found guilty of operating a vehicle under the influence and sentenced to one year in a house of correction.

Chief Butler had served with the agency for 35 years. He was survived by his wife, eleven children, three brothers, two of whom became chief of the agency and the third an officer. Two of his nephews also went on to serve with the agency, one of whom also became a chief.

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Chief Butler, today marks the 99th anniversary of your tragic and horrific death at the hands of a drunk driver. You left a proud and admirable legacy and your 35 years with the Weymouth Police Department, a neighbor to my home town is commendable and what makes you a hero.

I often say in my Reflections that, so long as you are kept in the hearts and minds of those who know and love you best, you are never truly gone. It's evident that is enforce with you and your family.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
April 15, 2014

 

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