Patrolman Richard J. Gallivan

Patrolman Richard J. Gallivan

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Wednesday, February 8, 1911

Richard J. Gallivan

Patrolman Richard Gallivan was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer while chasing burglary suspects.

The round struck Patrolman Gallivan in the neck. His last words exonerated his fellow officer from any blame in the shooting.

Patrolman Gallivan had served with the Boston Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife brother and sister.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Accidental)
  • Incident Date Sunday, February 5, 1911


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Gone but never forgotten. No matter how much time passes we will always honor the life of this American Hero. Never Forget. Tonight in our South Boston home we have a candle light in your honor. It represents your service and sacrifice. I will be thinking of you tomorrow when I am in the chapel with my brothers I recently went on a retreat with. We are a faith filled family and we support our law enforcement officers like you. This will always remain a tremendous loss for our nation.

Former Protective Security Officer (PSO) for Region 1 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service Police, Pete Harrington BostonMA

February 9, 2016

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