When he was a little boy, DJ Simmonds was at church in Randolph one day when the preacher, the Rev. Kirk Jones, took him aside and asked him a question.
“Dennis,” Jones asked, “what do you want to be?”
DJ didn’t have to think about it. He answered immediately.
“Mr. Jones,” he said, “I want to be a police officer.”
DJ Simmonds grew up and, true to himself, became a Boston police officer. And Jones was standing there Thursday afternoon, remembering their conversation all those years ago, staring at DJ’s casket at the foot of the altar at First Baptist Church in Randolph.
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