Boston Police Officer Dies After Medical Emergency

BOSTON (CBS) – A Boston police officer died after suffering a medical emergency on Thursday.

Boston police announced the death of Police Officer Dennis O. Simmonds on Friday.

According to multiple police sources, Simmonds, who was on-duty at the time, was at the Boston Police Academy in Hyde Park when he collapsed.

He was rushed to Boston Medical Center where he passed away.

No other details were released about his death.

Simmonds was 28 years old. According to Boston Police, Simmonds was appointed to the department in 2008 and was assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force.  He was described as a highly decorated officer.

Simmonds, who was reportedly injured in the initial Watertown shootout following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, earned the department’s highest honor, the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Medal, for his bravery during the. He was also scheduled to receive the Top Cops award on May 12 in Washington, DC. for his actions.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Simmonds family and friends during this very difficult time,” Boston police said in a Facebook post announcing his death.

Funeral arrangements have not been made public.

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