Patrolman David Ray Brown

Patrolman David Ray Brown

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Sunday, August 14, 1983

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David Ray Brown

Patrolman David Brown suffered a fatal heart attack in Dorchester shortly after a short pursuit of a vehicle that was speeding on Columbia Road near Blue Hill Avenue.

While sitting inside the police vehicle he suffered a seizure while checking the vehicle registration and driver's license. His partner removed him from the vehicle and started CPR. He was taken to Boston City Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Patrolman Brown was a U.S Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He had served with the Boston Police Department for less than six years and was assigned to District 2, Roxbury. He is survived by his wife, and five children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 5 years, 9 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack

vehicle pursuit, traffic stop

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Patrolman Brown,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

August 14, 2023

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