The fourth person killed in the violence that consumed the Boston Marathon and the days that followed, MIT police Officer Sean Collier, won approval Friday for his posthumous appointment to the Somerville Police Department.
“There you go, signed,” said Governor Deval Patrick, putting his pen to a law that permits Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone of Somerville to appoint the slain officer a member of the department.
Collier’s shooting death occurred hours after the FBI released photos of the suspects in the April 15 Marathon bombings, though in the hours immediately after his death in Cambridge, the connection to the alleged bombers was unclear.
A former volunteer sergeant with the Somerville Auxiliary Police, Collier was due to join the Somerville police before his life was cut short.
“Other than the day my dad died, Sean’s death has affected me more than anything else that’s ever happened in my life,” said Deputy Police Chief Mike Cabral, who sponsored Collier during a period when Cabral served as acting chief. “We’re going to present Sean with a Somerville police badge” either over the summer or in September, he said.
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