Chief Edward Deveau of the Boston Police Department sadly reports that Officer Dennis O. Simmonds, 28, was unexpectedly rushed to the Boston Medical Center yesterday and passed away.

Officer Simmonds was attending an In Service Training Program at the Department’s Academy in Hyde Park.  He was in the gym on his lunch break when he suddenly became ill and collapsed.  Emergency first aid was rendered and he was transported to the Boston Medical Center.  Medical personnel could not revive him.  He died in the Medical Center’s Emergency Room.  An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death.  It is suspected that he suffered a massive heart attack.

Officer Simmonds was honored by the department for his actions following the Boston Marathon Bombing.  Officer Simmonds was involved in the Watertown shooting immediately following the bombing and subsequent capture of the surviving suspect.  One of the suspects had thrown an explosive device at him.  He sustained a head injury due to the detonation of the device.  President Obama was due to honor him for his actions at a May 12th ceremony.

Officer Simmonds was a 6-year veteran of the Boston Police Department and was assigned to the Youth Violence Task Force.  He is survived by his parents and siblings.

Officer Dennis Simmonds – gone, but never forgotten.  EOW: Thursday, April 10, 2014.

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