Lieutenant Benjamin Alexander

Lieutenant Benjamin Alexander

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, July 4, 1925

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Benjamin Alexander

Lieutenant Benjamin Alexander was killed when a building collapsed. He was trailing a pickpocket through Chinatown when a building at 6 Beach Street collapsed.

A total of 44 people were killed in the collapse, including an off-duty police officer who was patronizing the business inside.

Lieutenant Alexander had served with the Boston Police Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Structure collapse

foot patrol

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Lieutenant Alexander, 97 years have passed since the tragic event which took your life. It's horrifying that in recent years, more people, mostly construction workers have lost their lives due to building collapses. That does not diminish the horrific loss of your life under similar circumstances, it simply shows that these events can happen anytime. On July 4, 1925. it just happened to be the life of a Boston Police Lieutenant that was ended as well as 43 other innocent souls. You have not, nor will you be forgotten.

God Bless you, Brother and may you forever Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

July 4, 2022

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