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Cop honored 70 years after death from on-duty injury

Officer John Lynch was attacked on duty and soon suffered memory loss, dying at the age of 57

By Peter Schworm
The Boston Globe

BOSTON — In October 1936, Boston police Officer John Lynch was on patrol in Jamaica Plain when he tried to arrest a man for drunkenness — a powerful, far younger man who had been a boxer. Lynch, an Irish native and veteran of World War I, was viciously beaten, sustaining serious head injuries.

Lynch was never the same. He continued on his beat, but became forgetful, and needed constant assistance from his partners. In time, it was hard for him even to recognize fellow officers, even longtime friends. By 1940, he could no longer work, and he died four years later, at 57.

Seventy years later, Lynch is being honored for dying in the line of duty, his sacrifice dutifully brought to light by Boston Police Department researchers. In May, his name will join the ranks of the fallen at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, rectifying a historical oversight and delighting a family who only recently learned the full truth.

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