Fallen officer to be honored

A memorial sign to a Boston Police officer killed in the line of duty in 1931 was recently installed at the Riverway and Brookline Avenue intersection near Mission Park. A wreath will be placed on the sign as part of a Boston Police Department (BPD) memorial motorcycle ride on Sept. 16.

The sign is close to the spot where Patrolman William L. Abbott died on Nov. 28, 1931 after crashing his motorcycle while chasing a car with stolen license plates, according to BPD historian Officer Robert Anthony.

The sign is part of the BPD’s “Hero Project,” which installs markers at any place around the city where an officer died in service.

The Sept. 16 “Ride to Remember” event is a motorcycle parade from Fenway Park to BPD’s Special Operations headquarters in Roxbury, where a memorial to fallen motorcycle officers will be unveiled. Wreathes will be placed that morning on various Hero Project signs along the route, and each sign will have a police honor guard as well. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis will lead the motorcycle parade.

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