• Services announced for fallen Boston police officer


    RANDOLPH, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Funeral arrangements for fallen Boston Police Officer Dennis Oliver "DJ" Simmonds, Jr., were announced Sunday.

    Calling hours for the 28-year-old will be held Wednesday between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Cartwright Funeral Home on North Main Street in Randolph.

    A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church on North Main Street. Officer Simmonds will be laid to rest at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain.

    Simmonds was working out during in-service training at the Boston Police Academy Thursday when he had a medical emergency. His father tells FOX 25 it might have been a brain aneurysm.

    DJ, as he was known to family, was a highly decorated officer and a six-year veteran of the Boston Police Department. He was an undercover officer on the department's Youth Violence Strike Force.

    The 28-year-old earned the department's highest honor of the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Medal for his bravery during the Watertown shoot out after last year's Boston Marathon. He received the award at an event just a few weeks ago. Simmonds was set to go to Washington, D.C. next month to be presented with one of the country's highest honors for police by President Barack Obama.

    Officer Simmonds was a graduate of Randolph High School and Lasell College.

    To read Officer Simmonds' obituary, visit: cartwrightfuneral.com

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