Although not much was going on inside the State House, outside in Ashburton Park the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation hosted a beautiful ceremony to honor those officer making the ultimate sacrifice in the prior year. The Saturday weather was perfect for the outdoor event with AG Martha Coakley and Speaker Robert DeLeo offering remarks. This year had special meaning given the Marathon bombings and the loss of MIT Officer Sean Collier. The event also recognized over 200 bicyclist from the Springfield Police Department who rode from Springfield to the memorial and presented a check to Executive Director Ned Merrick. Also presenting a check on behalf of the Retiree Assn of Metropolitan Police who honor Retired Officer Harold Magillvary last year and raised nearly $10,000. Officer Magillvary was nearly killed on the Southeast Expressway while making a vehicle stop. He would endure dozens of surgeries to repair internal organs as well as broken limbs. His son Harold Jr currently serves on the Medford Police Department.
In addition to wonderful music provided by the Boston Gaelic Column, the reading of the roll and the unveiling of Sean Collier's name engraved on the monument silenced the crowd. We hope next years event will have even greater participation as we pay tribute to the fallen heroes.