Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Francis J. Gilleland

Medford Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, July 2, 1928

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Reflections for Patrolman Francis J. Gilleland

Patrolman Gilleland, it has been 95 years since you were taken from us. I travel to Medford and Tufts University regularly. You would be amazed at the size of the new police station and what your little town has become. 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

July 2, 2023

Grandpa, I never got to know you but my mother Mildred , often told stories about you. I have always been proud of you service. You be sure you were never forgotten. Rest in Peace

Lois Dalton

June 5, 2023

Rest in peace .


January 15, 2022

Thank you for your service, both military and police, and always know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 2, 2020

Rest in Peace Officer Gilleland. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service to our community and country.

Sergeant Charles Hartnett
Medford Police Department Medford, Massachusetts USA

May 15, 2020

It has now been 91 years, Brother. RIP and God Bless.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

July 2, 2019

Patrolman Gilleland, today marks the 90th anniversary of your murder by filthy thugs. Their fate is not mentioned here, but we can only hope they faced true justice, if not in this world, then in the next.

You are still honored and remembered here. God Bless and may your eternal rest remain peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

July 2, 2018

My great uncle, never known, but often remembered by family in the UK.

Philip Bedford
Great nephew

February 26, 2018

Rest in Peace Brother, on this the 88th anniversary of paying the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Medford

Medford Police Patrolmen's Association
Medford Police Department

July 2, 2016

My great Uncle Frank. I would have liked to have known you as I knew your sisters, Agnes, Annie and Mamie. Your memory lives on and your sacrifice will always be remembered.

Charlie King
Great nephew

September 1, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 4, 2015

I would like to thank you all for the kind words regarding my grandfather Francis Gilleland. His remaining daughter Doris 90 years old still reflects on the loss of her father. She says he was a kind and wonderful man and still misses him to this.

Bill Wilder

May 29, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 84th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 21, 2012


James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

July 2, 2012

Rest in peace, thank you for your ultimate sacrifice and devotion to the citizens of Medford..

Officer Frank Cugliata
Federal Reserve Police

January 9, 2012

Rest in peace sir, thank you for your ultimate sacrifice to this great community, and also for serving in WW1..

Officer Frank A. Cugliata
Federal Reserve Police

January 9, 2012

You gave it all my fellow brother!You are not forgotten.God bless you.R.I.P.

glc #136
Medford Police Dept

June 28, 2011

Patrolman Gilleland, the 82nd anniversary of your brutal murder will soon be upon us. Your attempts to capture these men showed bravery, no doubt the same bravery you had shown in the War. For all your service to the people of Medford, the Commonwealth as a whole and the people of the United States, you are truly a hero and I thank you.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

June 19, 2010

In the line of duty, another hero pays the ultimate sacrifice so others can walk without fear. May you REST IN PEACE.

Correction Officer Scott Boutell
Massachusetts Department of Correction

August 21, 2007

Thank you Patrolman Gilleland. R I P

Newton MA

July 2, 2007

Patrolman Gilleland,
On today, the 79th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Medford.



July 2, 2007

Rest in peace brother, and may god be with you.

Former Officer
Medford, MA Police

August 15, 2005

Than you for your service to the city of Medford, Officer Gilleland. YOu are not forgotten.

Medford, Massachusetts

August 15, 2005

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