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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Rest in peace and know that time will never erase the memory of your service and the heroic sacrifice you made.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo (Retired)
Delaware State Police

June 16, 2020

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