Captain Hugh J. Lee

Captain Hugh J. Lee

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, May 3, 1919

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Hugh J. Lee

Captain Hugh Lee suffered a fatal heart attack several hours after assisting at the scene of a large riot in Roxbury in which Patrolman Adolph Butterman had been shot.

He was transported to a local hospital after collapsing at his home at 61 Farragut Road the following morning. He remained in the hospital until passing away two days later.

Patrolman Butterman died from his wounds six weeks later.

Captain Lee had served with the Boston Police Department for 30 years. He was survived by his wife. A lifelong bachelor, he had married the year before he died.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Incident Date Thursday, May 1, 1919

civil unrest

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Captain Lee, it has been 105 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your 30 years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

May 3, 2024

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