Release from State Rep. Tim Whalen:
State Representative Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster) has called upon the Director of the soon to be released film "Patriot's Day" to include recognition of the selfless sacrifice of Boston Police Officer Dennis 'DJ' Simmonds in the film. Officer Simmonds suffered a serious head wound from the force of the explosion of a bomb tossed by one of the Tsarnaev brothers in Watertown during their shootout with officers on April 19, 2013. His death approximately one year later was directly linked to injuries sustained that fateful night. Officer Simmonds name is engraved on the memorial to fallen Law Enforcement officers at the Massachusetts State House and his family has received line-of-duty death benefits from the Commonwealth. Officer Simmonds was 28 years old at the time of his death.
"Officer Simmonds brave and selfless service that dangerous night in Watertown is representative of the great young women and men who answered the call to capture two wanted terrorists", said Representative Whelan. "The injuries DJ sustained that evening directly led to his tragic loss one year later and I grieve with his family for their loss. Director Peter Berg has an opportunity here to right a wrong and honor the fifth victim of that tragic series of attacks in April 2013. I call on Director Berg to immediately include recognition of Officer Dennis Simmonds brave sacrifice in his film, "Patriots Day". DJ Simmonds, and his response in the face of danger which ultimately cost him his life, represents the words BOSTON STRONG we have come to adopt as a sign of our community pride and resilience".
Representative Whelan serves the 1st Barnstable District, including the Towns of Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, and Brewster. He previously served 26 years in law enforcement, including 21 years with the Massachusetts State Police where he retired with the rank of Sergeant.