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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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

May Newsletter and Monthly Meeting

Posted by David Isberg on April 26, 2014


(BPD Squads 3 & 4 OFF)



Firstly, I hope that you all enjoyed a Happy Easter with your loved ones.  Although we have been told that the first day of Spring was March 20th, some days that has been hard to believe.  Hopefully the weather will break soon so that we can recover from the long winter we had.



In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation’s Capital each year. This year, I will be traveling to DC along with Past Presidents Welby and McCarthy to represent the Emerald Society of the Boston Police Dept.  I will be attending the 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday May 13th at 8PM.  During this solemn ceremony, each name that was engraved during 2013 will be read; representing law enforcement officials who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  on April 18, 2013, MIT Police Officer Sean A. Collier (#179) was killed by the cowardly terrorists who were also responsible for the Marathon bombings. Collier is just one of the 105 line of duty deaths in 2013 that have been added to the wall. The vigil is a very powerful experience and I strongly recommend that every law enforcement officer makes an effort to participate in person at least once during their career.  The United By Light campaign gives everyone, everywhere—especially those who can’t make it to Washington, DC, on May 13—a chance to join us and honor law enforcement by dedicating virtual candles and holding Candlelight Vigil viewing events in your communities. Dedicate a virtual candle at:  

The Annual Meeting and Elections of the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES) will be held on Wednesday, May 14th at the Capitol Skyline Hotel.  Following the NCLEES meeting, Doc, Sean and I will be attending the 19th Annual Emerald Society & Pipe Band March and Service.  Societies and bands from around the globe fill the DC air with the powerful sounds of bagpipes and drums as they march through the streets to the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to meet the numerous Honor Guards in attendance.


On April 10, 2014, Active-Duty Boston Police Officer Dennis Oliver “DJ” Simmonds, Jr. passed away after suffering a medical emergency at the Boston Police Academy.  Valiant efforts by Academy staff, Boston EMS and Police Officers from around the City insured that he was transported to Boston Medical Center in record time where medical staff put forth their best efforts to save his young life.  Unfortunately, God decided that he needed Dennis’ help in patrolling the heavens above and took him from us that day.  At age 28, Dennis had realized his dreams: he was a graduate of Randolph High School and Lasell College. “DJ” served our City in D-14 (Allston/Brighton) and B-3 (Dorchester/Mattapan) before being assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit) in 2012.  Officer Simmonds suffered a head injury during the post-Marathon events in Watertown in April of 2013 which contributed to his untimely death at age 28.  He was honored for his bravery with the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Medal, BPD’s highest accolade. Simmonds was slated to receive a National Association of Police Organizations Top Cop Award from President Obama on May 12.  He will now be honored posthumously.  

Dennis was often a quiet man; but always polite and respectful.  Although we were assigned to the same unit, I only worked with him directly for a couple hours one night.  I can tell you first-hand that Dennis was a squared away Officer and he had a way of talking to people on the street that can’t be taught…he was just naturally good at it.  Over the last couple of weeks, I had the great pleasure of meeting Dennis’ family.  His younger sister Nicole did a fabulous job of capturing his life as she spoke about him during the church services. “DJ’s” parents and grandparents clearly instilled values in him that made him the man that he was.  I am saddened that I didn’t get to know him better while he was here with us and that it took a tragedy for me to meet his family or “foundation”.   I take solace in knowing that “DJ” is watching over us as we continue to cover the beat; and, I know that I will see him again someday.


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 June 7, 2014 (BPD Squads 4 & 5 OFF) Drawing to benefit NCLEES Fall meeting. Hall opens at 7PMFenian Sons will be playing, food & refreshments. Drawing begins about 8:30PM. Extremely limited # of $100 drawing chances left. Email: or call 617-592-5889 (Liam) if interested in purchasing a ticket(s).

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:

Active-Duty Plymouth (MA) Police Officer Gregg Maloney who was killed in an on-duty motorcycle crash April 1, 2014 with 17 years of service to Plymouth.

Active-Duty Boston Police Officer Lawrence E. Martinez who passed after a lengthy illness. Over 34 years of service in Area C, Team Police, MOP and most recently the Firearms Range.

Retired BPD Chaplain Reverend Thomas J. Reilly passed April 22, 2014; appointed July 6, 1978, Retired August 31, 2005.


“No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.”



Liam Patrick Hawkins

President, ESBPD

Monthly Membership Meeting

Posted by David Isberg on February 6, 2014

The Monthly Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday February 6th at 8:00 p.m. at the Emerald Society Hall.

Nominations and Elections will take place.



February Newsletter

Posted by David Isberg on

I hope everyone had a safe and Happy New Year!! I Look forward to seeing you all in the coming year.

                                                    AWARDS BANQUET
          Our Annual Awards Banquet will be March 8th  at our Hall.  We will be honoring Boston Police Officer Doug McGrath with the Barney McGinniskin Police Officer of the Year Award. We will be honoring  State Representative Edward Coppinger with our Man of The Year award.  We will be honoring Mike O’Brien, Mark Sanders, and Dave Tracey with The Community Service Award. We are also going to give an award to the Boston Police Department for there exemplerary service during the Boston Marathon Bombings.  Tickets will be available at our Monthly Meeting February 6th or contact myself or incoming President Liam Hawkins. We will be having corned beef and cabbage served at our banquet with a cocktail hour beforehand. I look forward to seeing you all there to congratulate our awardees.
          Also going on Thursday February 6th we will be having our elections for this years E-Board . Liam Hawkins is running unopposed so he will be your new President and he will be sworn in on March 8th at the Award Banquet.  We still have some positions that need to be filled and I hope we will see some new faces at the Hall for the meeting so we can get some more members involved.
                                                   OFFICER DOWN
          Department Historian Bob Anthony has informed us that  Boston Police Officer John Lynch’s name will be placed on the Memorial Wall in Washington DC this year during Police Week. Officer Lynch was from County Donegal and joined the Boston Police Department in October of 1920. Officer Lynch was working on Green St in Jamaica Plain in 1936 when he was viciously attacked and beaten by an amateur boxer.  Officer Lynch suffered from his injuries for a few years and passed away  in 1944 from those injuries.  His name will now be placed on the same Wall where many other Irish Police Officers gave there life for the BPD and the City of Boston.  Officers Sean McCarthy ,Liam Hawkins and myself will be in DC for Police Week and we will be there to represent Officer John Lynch.
                                                 NCLEES UPDATE

The meetings for the NCLEES Conference in September has been going very well. We will be rolling out our first set of T-Shirts that we will be selling to raise money to assist in paying for the conference. If anyone would like to purchase a tshirt come on down to a monthly meeting and we will have some for sale.  Also to assist in defraying some of the costs for the Conference we will be holding a Drawing on Saturday June 7that the Emerald Society.  Drawing tickets will be $100.00 and we are working on a fantastic grand prize as well as other prizes. Stay tuned for more info on this raffle but save Saturday June7th to come on down to the Hall for a fun event.

                                                          PUB CRAWL
          Also don’t forget about the Pub Crawl with the Ct State Police on April 26th. We will be going up and down Boyleston St. This is a great opportunity to come out and have a fun night with our brothers from Ct and New York State Police.  They will be coming up in a bus with 56 people and we need to show them how our Emerald Society takes care of other Societies when they come to town.
                                                       ST PATRICK’S DAY
          Also for St Patricks Day this year there will be 30 members of The Gresham Oregon Police Department in town to march in the parade in South Boston.  If anyone would like to get together with them please let me know.
                                                     IRISH TRIVIA
          According to old custom, a candle, a coin and a small amount of wine or spirits should be placed at a persons grave. The candle was to give the deceased light, the coin was to pay the fair over the river of death, and the liquor was to sustain them on there journey.
fanacht sábháilte amach ann
Robert “Doc” Welby