Local Reporter Tells Story of Boston Cop Who Died from Injures from the Watertown Shootout

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The puzzling death of a Boston Police officer who was injured during the Watertown Shootout and died suddenly a year later was chronicled by Watertown-based reporter Adam Sennott.

Boston Police Officer Dennis O. Simmonds was described as a model police officer, and was one of the officers who responded to the shootout with the Boston Marathon Bombers in Watertown.

Though not publicized Simmonds was injured in the shootout. He was honored by the Boston Police and was presented an award from the National Association of Police Organizations by President Obama.

A year later he died of what was called a brain aneurism, but an autopsy was not performed. The Boston Police have not been forthcoming with details, but Sennott spoke to Simmonds’ family and friends.

Sennott, who also contributes to Watertown News, produced the story in coordination with the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism and published it in the Watertown Tab and Wicked Local Watertown.

Read the entire story by clicking here.

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