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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Emerald Society regrets to announce the passing of longtime member, past Secretary, past Sgt at Arms, and E-board member John F. Sheridan

Posted by David Isberg on August 20, 2014

Jack has been a fixture at 10 Birch St and a promoter of the Society for a number of years and was one of the original members of the ESBPD Honor Guard.

Those wishing to pay their respects:
Wake: Gormley’s Funeral Home: Thursday August 21, 2014 4:00pm-8:00pm
Funeral: St Theresa’s Church, Friday August 22, 2014, 10:00am
Collation: BPD Emerald Society Hall, Friday, August 22, 2014, 11:30am

Liam P. Hawkins
President, ESBPD

Jack Sheridan

New Merchandise! Check out the Store/Merchandise Tab

Posted by David Isberg on August 19, 2014

We have just received some new merchandise for sale.  Check out the Store/Merchandise Tab at the top of the page.

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August Newsletter and Monthly Meeting 8/7/14 @ 8:00pm

Posted by David Isberg on August 5, 2014


Greetings. Hopefully everyone is enjoying a safe and relaxing summer.
August Membership meeting: Thursday, 8/7/14 @ 8PM

Available for sale ($15) at the meeting: 
White, short -sleeved T-shirts with large NCLEES 2014 logo on back
and choice of “Boston Strong” logo OR “Sign Post” logo on left chest

We will also be debuting some NEW merchandise in the form of collared “Polo” style shirts and moisture-wicking T-shirts.


Thursday September 25th thru Sunday September 28th 2014
Fall Meeting of NCLEES. See: for more

Sunday September 28th 2014:
Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5k Road race
See: for more
(BPD Squads 3 & 4 OFF)
Friday, October 10, 2014 (BPD Squads 3 & 4 OFF) 
Emerald Society Golf Tournament 
Contact Past President Joe Sullivan @ 617-872-6976 for more
The membership extends heartfelt condolences to the Gannon family on the July 4th loss of Emerald Society member Thomas E. Gannon, Jr.
As always, our thoughts and prayers are with all of our members and their families who may have suffered a loss or are recovering from illness. 

July Newsletter and Monthly Meeting Date and TIME CHANGE

Posted by David Isberg on June 27, 2014


The next ESBPD Membership Meeting will be moved to Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 8PM. The change was agreed to at the E-board meeting to accommodate various 4th of July plans (whether that be ordered overtime for our sworn members or a much-needed break from the daily grind). Either way, have a safe and happy 4th and remember the sacrifices made by brave men and women to bring us our Independence. We look forward to seeing you on the 10th.

We also created a merchandise committee at the E-board. VP Jim O’Loughlin and E-board member Ned Dervan have stepped up and agreed to spearhead the merchandise aspect of the Society. If you have an idea of specific merchandise you would like to see made available to the membership, please bring it to our attention and we will research the feasibility of investing in that product.

The warm weather is finally upon us…a reminder to all you fair-skinned Irish: USE SUNBLOCK!!!

The June 1st BPD Police Memorial Sunday went well and the Celtic Cross floral arrangement we sent was a big hit. Thank you to Jack Sheridan, Dick Forrester, Bernie Hicks and Dick Hennesey for representing us with the ESBPD Honor Guard at both the mass and the Corrib road race. E-board member John Quinn and I attended the mass along with John’s son, Patrick who is quite the photographer.

The June 7th Drawing was a sell-out with all 400 tickets being sold. Thanks to all who worked tirelessly to push ticket sales and organize other aspects of the successful fundraiser to offset our expenses for the Fall Meeting of NCLEES. Congratulations to all who walked away with a prize and thank you to all who supported the event.

Happy Birthday!!!! Your Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department turned 41 years old on June 21st. Here’s to many more successful years. In order to keep it going, we need to keep bringing in new, active members; so, keep bringing new friends.


Thursday September 25th thru Sunday September 28th 2014:
Fall Meeting of NCLEES. See: for more

Sunday September 28th 2014:
Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day 5k Road race

Friday, October 10, 2014 (BPD Squads 3 & 4 OFF) Emerald Society Golf Tournament Brookmeadow Country Club, Canton, MA (more info to follow as it gets closer).


The membership extends heartfelt condolences to the entire Durant family on the May 25th loss of Helen Durant. Helen was the mother of Michael Durant (BPD) and Sean Durant (MSP) Sean is also a familiar face to the Society as a member of the Fenian Sons band.

The membership extends heartfelt condolences to the entire Carey family on the June 4th loss of Lt. Thomas Carey (BFD Rescue 2, retired). Lt. Carey was the father of Bill Carey (BFD Rescue 1). Bill, Pat & Matt Carey are also familiar faces to the Society as members of the Fenian Sons band.
As always, our thoughts and prayers are with all of our members and their families who may have suffered a loss or are recovering from illness.


“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

-John F. Kennedy-

June Newsletter and Monthly Meeting

Posted by David Isberg on May 25, 2014


(BPD Squads 2 & 3 OFF)


(BPD Squads 4 & 5 OFF)


As you know, Past President Sean McCarthy and I traveled to DC to represent the Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department at the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES) spring meeting and other Police Week events. Past President “Doc” Welby was unable to attend due to some family affairs. The Society extends a big “Get Well Soon” to Kelli Welby; best wishes for a speedy recovery.

We arrived Tuesday afternoon and got settled at the host hotel. We then made our way over to “Tent City” (various vendors and refreshments) to meet up with our brothers and sisters from the Irish America Police Officers Association of Massachusetts (IAPOA), NYPD, LAPD and Emerald Society of Missouri, Metro St. Louis Chapter. We greeted old friends and met a few new ones. As evening approached, we made our way towards Judiciary Square with intentions of attending the candlelight vigil. As we got out of the cab, a fellow Boston officer told us that the event organizers were urging people to seek shelter as some violent storms were allegedly approaching. The event was pushed back a couple hours but we missed it due to some bad information being passed around that it had been canceled all together.

Wednesday morning, Sean and I attended the NCLEES meeting with our co-hosts for the fall NCLEES meeting: Mark O’Toole (Captain Lynn PD), Kevin Dorr (Lt. Haverhill PD) and Donnalynn Sullivan (Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office). The host band was Lake County (Indiana) Pipes & Drums. The band opened the meeting and the Lake County Honor Guard presented colors. As of the meeting, 43 Emerald Societies from around the world were current on their NCLEES dues. Three officers from various agencies in the DC area were recognized as Officers of the Year for their heroics during the Navy Yard massacre.

The general consensus was that everyone is excited to travel to Boston this fall. Chicago is already busy planning the 2015 fall meeting as they have been chosen to host next year. The host pipe band for the 2015 NCLEES spring meeting in DC will be the Metro St. Louis Pipes & Drums. Just prior to closing the meeting, the scholarships were drawn. Boston had the most applications this year, even beating the NYPD Emerald Society. Four (4) recipients are drawn along with two (2) alternates and each organization is limited to two (2) winners. Boston was drawn for the second and third scholarships. Congratulations to Daniel Fullam (D-4) and Paul McLaughlin (Homicide) who gained some assistance in paying tuition for their children.

After the meeting, we regrouped for some lunch and socialized with friends of new and old. About 6PM, we formed up to watch the 20th annual Memorial March of the Emerald Societies and Pipes & Drums. Over 1/3 of the names on the wall are Officers of Irish descent. Numerous pipe bands play and honor guards march to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial escorted by privately owned vintage cruisers from many departments including Boston and the Massachusetts State Police. At the memorial, the Irish and American national anthems are sung and wreaths are laid to honor our fallen.

On arrival at the memorial, a member of the host pipe band, 63 year old Lito Lemus (retired Captain, Riverdale Illinois Fire Dept.) suffered a cardiac emergency and went down. Officer Gary Robertson (St. Louis County Missouri Police) and Lt. Doug Goerke (Orlando Florida Police) jumped into action performing CPR and delivering shocks with an defibrillator. Their quick actions brought Lemus back and DC paramedics rushed him to the hospital for emergency surgery. It was quite a sight to see all of the different agencies working together to save Lemus. Cruisers from a half dozen agencies did a rolling road block and the motorcycles escorted the ambulance. I hear that one of the aviation units from a DC area law enforcement agency even picked up Lemus’ family at the airport and flew them to the hospital to be with him. He underwent emergency surgery but was listed in stable condition. Great job by all involved and best wished for a speedy and full recovery to Lito Lemus.



Rev. Peter P. Nolan C.S.Sp. is retiring after serving as pastor at Most Precious Blood. FATHER NOLAN’S RETIREMENT: On Sunday, June 1,the 11:45 AM Mass will be offered as a Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrating Father Nolan’s 17 years as pastor. A lunch buffet will follow in the former school hall. Best wishes in your retirement and we hope you are still a fixture at the Emerald Society meetings and events.



Monday, May 26, 2014 Memorial Day Fly the flag proudly and take a moment to remember the ultimate sacrifice of those many brave men and women who have died serving our country. Say thank you to those who are still with us.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 (BPD Squads 1 & 2 OFF) Cops for Kids with Cancer Dinner at Florian Hall. Cocktail hour at 6PM then Dinner, Comedian and music. Tickets $40 call 781-843-3904

Saturday, May 31, 2014 (BPD Squads 3 & 4 OFF)
Boston Irish Festival of Sports and Children’s Day Canton, MA: Gaelic Football, Hurling, Rugby, plus kids activities like field games, storytelling and face painting.

Sunday, June 1, 2014 (BPD Squads 4 & 5 OFF) 10AM Police Memorial Sunday. Mount Hope Cemetery, Walk Hill Street, Mattapan. The Emerald Society will be participating in the ceremony which honors all of the men and women from the BPD ranks that have gone before us.

Friday, June 6, 2014 (BPD Squads 3 & 4 OFF) & Saturday June 7, 2014(Squads 4 & 5 OFF)

Boston Irish Festival of Music Canton, MA Live music Friday night; all day & night Saturday

See for more details on Canton events.

Saturday June 7, 2014 (BPD Squads 4 & 5 OFF) is the much-anticipated drawing to benefit the NCLEES Fall meeting. Grand prize is the Patriot’s All-Pro tailgate package. Numerous other prizes including cash and HDTV’s. The hall opens at 7PM and the drawing will likely begin about 8:30PM. The Fenian Sons will be playing and there will be food & refreshments. Extremely limited # of $100 drawing chances left. Email: or call 617-592-5889 (Liam) if interested in purchasing a ticket(s). At the drawing, we will have two (2) NEW styles of T-shirts available for sale to benefit the fall conference. We now have the ability to accept credit cards for any purchases benefiting NCLEES fundraising. The upcoming fall conference is a priority now; however, we are looking to bolster our ESBPD merchandise in the near future.

Saturday June 14, 2014 (BPD Squads 5 & 6 OFF) Boston Irish Festival Feis Canton, MA

Irish step dancing competitions featuring hundreds of region’s best Irish dancers. Hosted by the Harney Academy of Irish Dance. for more details
Friday, October 10, 2014 (BPD Squads 3 & 4 OFF) Emerald Society Golf Tournament Brookmeadow Country Club, Canton, MA (more info to follow as it gets closer).



The membership extends heartfelt sympathy to the families, friends and co-workers of:

Line of Duty Death: Patrolman Stephen Arkell, Brentwood, NH Police Department. In addition to being a part-time police officer for 12 years, Arkell also served as an Animal Control Officer. Arkell was a husband, father to two daughters and a lacrosse coach. Arkell was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Retired Boston Police Commissioner Joseph M. Jordan passed away on May 13, 2014 at the age of 91. Jordan was appointed to Commissioner in 1976 by then Mayor Kevin White. Jordan served with the Boston Police Department for 38 years.



“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

-Albert Einstein-


Liam Patrick Hawkins

President, ESBPD