Patrolman Franklin B. Dreyer

Patrolman Franklin B. Dreyer

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Thursday, April 24, 1930

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Franklin B. Dreyer

Patrolman Franklin Dreyer was shot in the chest while investigating a break-in at a store at Adams and Ashmont Streets.

Patrolman Dreyer entered through the rear of the store when he found it jimmied open. Upon entering the store, he was fired on and took a round to his right wrist. He transferred his weapon over to his left hand and fired at the suspect, who fired again and hit Patrolman Dreyer in the chest. As he fell to the ground, Patrolman Dreyer emptied his revolver, although it was later determined that he did not hit the suspect.

The suspect fled out the rear of the store. A witness who heard the shots ran to the downed officer. Patrolman Dreyer gave the witness his box keys and told him to go to the call box across the street and call in for help. Officers arrived on the scene and transported Patrolman Dreyer to the hospital where he passed away from his injuries.

Patrolman Dreyer was survived by his wife and three sons.

He is buried at New Calvary Cemetery in Mattapan, Massachusetts.

A Hero sign is posted on Adams and Ashmont Street District 11 in his honor.


  • Age 31
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

robbery, suspicious activity

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Officer Dreyer, it has been 93 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 that you and too many others have made for us. Thank you for your service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

April 24, 2023

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