Officer Jeremiah J. Hurley, Jr.

Officer Jeremiah J. Hurley, Jr.

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, October 28, 1991

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Jeremiah J. Hurley, Jr.

Police Officer Jeremiah Hurley was killed while investigating a call regarding a suspicious package at 39 Eastbourne Street. During the investigation the package exploded, killing him and wounding the other officer on the scene.

The bomb had been attached to the bottom of a car and fell off in the driveway. The bomb builder was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, but that conviction was overturned and he was re-sentenced in 2007 to serve 37 years. In August of 2008, a federal appeals court reinstated the life sentence.

Officer Hurley had served with the Boston Police Department for 23 years and was assigned to the Bomb Squad. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, two stepsons, and two grandchildren.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge 1772

Incident Details

  • Cause Bomb
  • Weapon Explosives; Bomb
  • Offender Sentenced to life

bomb, suspicious package

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Brave men exist like Jeremiah Hurley Jr. Boston has had much sadness dealing with bombers but always the brave men of Boston do not hesitate in the face of evil. The film Blown Away reminded me of the Boston marathon and the people there maimed or killed and how Boston remained strong and marathons continue to be held today. My only wish is that America would put down it’s mantel of hate and learn from the brave and love our neighbors once again no matter their color, religion, gender , or sexual orientation, and all become heroes to our great country. Evil does not have win every round and every bomb and war does not have take the lives of loved ones like it took Jeremiah Hurley.

Widow of Vietnam veteran James Erickson

May 19, 2022

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