Slain MIT officer Sean Collier appointed to Somerville PD

MIT police officer Sean Collier, 27, was shot to death April 18, allegedly by the Boston Marathon bombers.
MIT police officer Sean Collier, 27, was shot to death April 18, allegedly by the Boston Marathon bombers.

Sean Collier dreamed of becoming a Somerville police officer. That dream was cut short April 18, when Collier was shot and killed while working as an MIT patrol officer, allegedly by Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

City leaders and Beacon Hill lawmakers fulfilled Collier’s dream Tuesday, as Gov. Deval Patrick signed a state House of Representatives bill allowing Collier to be posthumously appointed to the Somerville Police Department.

“Officer Collier was a true hero and this deserving designation is a small token to honor his memory and his sacrifices,” Patrick said in a statement.

Collier had been set to be sworn in as a Somerville officer on June 3, according to Mayor Joseph Curtatone.

“Sean Collier was a dedicated civilian employee in the Somerville Police Department, an honorable member of the MIT Police Department and a tremendous Somerville resident,” Curtatone said. “He gave so much of himself and his time to our department these last six years, and I’m honored to bestow this honor upon him.”

Law enforcement officers from across the U.S. joined Vice President Joe Biden and MIT students at an on-campus memorial service for Collier last month. The university is establishing a scholarship fund and award in Collier’s honor.

Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBos



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.