Officer Harold Francis MacGilvray, Jr.

Officer Harold Francis MacGilvray, Jr.

Metropolitan Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, October 11, 2018

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Harold Francis MacGilvray, Jr.

Officer Harold MacGilvary succumbed to complications of injuries sustained on November 13th, 1978, when he was struck by a vehicle while making a traffic stop.

He and his partner had stopped a vehicle for speeding on the Southeast Expressway, near Neponset Circle, in Dorchester. Officer MacGilvary was standing at the driver's window when he was struck by a car that drifted onto the shoulder. Officer MacGilvary was thrown 100 feet and suffered life-threatening injuries. He was transported to a local hospital where he underwent 13 hours of surgery before his condition stabilized.

The driver who struck him fled the scene but was arrested several days later and charged with driving while intoxicated, operating to endanger, driving on a suspended license, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Officer MacGilvary had served with the Metropolitan Department for 20 years and had previously served with the Medford Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Monday, November 13, 1978
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

drunk driver, hit and run, traffic stop

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Officer MacGilvary, you fought the good fight for 40 years, not giving up and you are to be admired for that, and of course your 20 years of service to the people of the Commonwealth as a member of the Metropolitan Police, an agency that is much missed by many.

Brother, I'm glad your sacrifice has been acknowledged here. God Bless you and may your eternal rest be only peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

March 26, 2021

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