BPD Remembers: Today, the men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Jose A. Maceira who died as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty 44 years ago today.

Officer Jose Maceira joined the Boston Police Department in February of 1974. Several short months later, on November 23, 1974, Officer Maceira was shot during a violent confrontation with a suspect in the area of Humphrey Place in Dorchester. The injuries sustained that day would have long lasting implications, ultimately resulting in Officer Maceira’s passing in on May 1, 1977, at the age of 33.

Officer Maceira was the first Hispanic Boston Police Officer to lose his life as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty.

Patrolman Maceira is buried at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Roslindale. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 16 West, Line 30, along with the Boston Police Hero Wall at Police Headquarters and the State Law Enforcement Memorial at the Massachusetts State House.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor in the area of Clifton Street and Dudley Street.