For Immediate Release - May 28, 2013

GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS BILL APPOINTING OFFICER SEAN COLLIER POSTHUMOUSLY TO SOMERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

Sean Collier Somerville Police Apointment Signing

Governor Patrick joins the Collier family, law enforcement and elected officials for a ceremonial bill signing of “An Act Authorizing the Mayor of the City of Somerville to Posthumously Appoint Sean A. Collier a Police Officer for the City of Somerville” in the Governor’s Council Chambers at the State House.
(Photo: Eric Haynes / Governor's Press Office)

BOSTON – Tuesday, May 28, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick has signed H. 3450, “An Act Authorizing the Mayor of the City of Somerville to appoint Sean A. Collier a police officer of the City of Somerville.” The act posthumously appoints Sean Collier as an officer of the Somerville Police Department.

“Officer Collier was a true hero and this deserving designation is a small token to honor his memory and his sacrifices,” said Governor Patrick.

Officer Collier was killed in the line of duty on April 18, 2013 while serving as a police officer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“A posthumous appointment of Sean Collier to the Somerville police department is a well-deserved recognition of a brave man who loved his community and humbly strived to live a life of service,” said Senator Patricia Jehlen. “There is no debating that Sean Collier is, was and always will be in our hearts, a brave member of the police force. While nothing we do can bring Collier back, this posthumous appointment is a meaningful way to honor his memory and brave service.”

“Sean Collier was a dedicated civilian employee in the Somerville Police Department, an honorable member of the MIT Police Department and a tremendous Somerville resident, and yet he never had the opportunity to see his ultimate dream realized of officially becoming a member of the Somerville Police Department,” said Mayor Joseph Curtatone. “Today, I am proud and honored to finally be able to offer Sean this posthumous appointment to our force. I want to sincerely thank all members of the House of Representatives, the State Senate and Governor Patrick’s Administration who helped make Sean’s dream a reality. It seems fitting that this Home Rule Petition be passed this week, as Sean would have been sworn in just next week. He gave so much of himself and his time to our department these last six years, and I’m honored to bestow this honor upon him.”

The bill was sponsored by Senator Jehlen and Representative Denise Provost.  

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