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Patrolman Joseph McMurray

Brookline Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, October 17, 1904

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Reflections for Patrolman Joseph McMurray

Still remembered after 118 years, typical Irish cop from what my mom told me, give everybody a chance once but don’t make that mistake again, treat people the way you want to be treated. You were taken too soon but still remembered today

Joseph O’Neil
, great great grandson

February 13, 2022

My great-grandfather, Edward J. Mealy, passed away while still working as a Lieutenant in Brookline in 1931 after 48 years of service. He was unfortunately involved in both incidents where a Brookline Police officer was killed in the line of duty. He was one of the first officers on scene in 1904 when Officer McMurray was killed, and was the Lieutenant in charge when Officer O'Brien was killed 37 years later. RIP to all who serve, especially Officer McMurray.

Lieutenant Kevin Mealy
Brookline Police Department

January 14, 2021

Brother, it's now been 115 years. How ironic that you saved the man who murdered you. No good deed goes unpunished. But you did save him, you are a hero. You made a valiant attempt to enter the house, you are a hero. You served the people of Brookline for 11 years, you are a hero.

God Bless you, Brother and may you forever Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

October 17, 2019

On October 17, 1904, Brookline Patrolman Joseph McMurray was killed in the line of duty.

As you go about your day, please remember the sacrifice Patrolman McMurray made 111 years ago today and remain vigilant.

Brookline Police First Platoon
Brookline MA

October 17, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 106th anniversary 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

How ironic that the man who mercilessly took your life in 1904 was only alive that day because you had risked your life and saved him from drowning several years earlier.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 17, 2010


On this date 104 years ago on 10-17-1904 Brookline Patrolman Joseph McMurray died in the line of duty. At 5:40 PM Brookline Patrolman Joseph McMurray responded to 88 Boylston Street in Brookline along with Sgt. Joseph J. O'Connell and Special Officer Detective George E. Stitt
to arrest Henry F. Boles for the recent murder of his wife. Officer McMurray was shot by Boles as McMurray was attempting to force his way into the home to arrest him. After being shot Officer McMurray was placed in a wagon and taken to the nearby Brookline Police station where he died in the guardroom approximately 20 minutes after he was shot. An interesting note to this case was that several years earlier Officer McMurray rescued Henry Boles, the man who later killed him from drowning in a nearby pond.

Lets all remember Patrolman Joseph McMurray for his heroism on 10-17-1904.

Det. Kenneth McHugh
Brookline Police Department
Brookline Massachusetts

Detective Kenneth McHugh
Brookline Police Department

October 17, 2008

Patrolman McMurray,
On today, the 103rd anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Brookline.



October 17, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service.

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 16, 2007

Patrolman McMurry, today marks the 102nd anniversary of your murder. We can only hope and have faith that the scum who took your life faced justice, be it in this world or the next.

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

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

October 17, 2006

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