Patrolman John J. Gallagher

Patrolman John J. Gallagher

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, May 25, 1962

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John J. Gallagher

Patrolman John Gallagher was shot by a burglar at Shawmut Bank in Kenmore Square when responding to an alarm.

The subject ambushed Patrolman Gallagher in the basement and shot him once in the chest, and then in the knee. Patrolman Gallagher died at Beth Israel Hospital.

The man was sentenced to death, but the sentence was commuted to life in prison. He died while incarcerated.

Patrolman Gallagher was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 1308

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

burglary

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I think of your father often. I was 15 years old and worked on a construction project with your Dad and Eddie Freeman. One day we took a break and had lunch at a tavern in the Lower Mills. It was the first time I was ever in a tavern and most certainly had nothing stronger than a Coke. Your Dad was the first person in my life that I really cared about and lost. He was a really good guy and I'm not sure that Eddie ever recovered from his loss.

Herbert Minkel
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December 18, 2018

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