BPD Remembers: 102 years ago, on May 2, 1919, Captain Hugh J. Lee was killed in the line of duty when he suffered a fatal heart attack attempting to suppress rioters in Roxbury.
Captain Lee was a 30-year veteran of the department and was 53-years-old at the time of his death. Making his line of duty death ever more tragic is the fact that he left behind a grieving wife.
Captain Lee was laid to rest at the Old Dorchester Cemetery in Dorchester and his name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial on Panel 11, West Line 28.
In Boston, a Hero Sign is posted at the old District 9 Station 409 Roxbury Street in Roxbury to forever honor the memory of a man who gave his life in service to his city. If you’re in the area, keep an eye out for his Hero Sign and kindly take a moment, not only to honor his sacrifice, but to remember the loved ones left in mourning after his tragic passing so many years ago.