Officer Sean Collier posthumously honored

SeanCollier-300x300It took a lifetime, but Sean Collier’s dream will finally come true.

The officer who bravely gave his life chasing the Boston Marathon suspects will be named a Somerville police officer posthumously, Mayor Joseph Curtatone says in a statement. He submitted a home-petition to the city’s Board of Aldermen to make the move and it was unanimously approved.  Collier was to be appointed to the police force months after his senseless murder at the corner of Vassar Street and Main Street in Cambridge.

“Sean was determined to become a Somerville Police Officer and gave so much of himself and his time to our police department these past six years. Everyone was looking forward to his swearing in this June,” says Mayor Curtatone. “This small gesture recognizes both his past service to the Somerville Police, as well as the many years of outstanding service that we all know he could have proudly given our entire community.”

Alderman-at-large Bruce Desmond says the Somerville force was “pleased [they] were getting such a great kid in the department.” Desmond also had a few good stories about Collier.

“I first met Sean when he was working a police detail for the road race for the Brian Higgins Foundation,” Desmond tells. “It was only our second road race and we were trying to get organized and we didn’t have a bull horn to speak to the crowd to get them in place. I was yelling and nobody was listening to me. I looked to my right and Sean was standing near his cruiser trying to hold in his laughter. He got a big kick out of my frustration. I said to him ‘you got any better ideas’ and he didn’t say a word he just held up the microphone to the cruiser’s loudspeaker. He yelled into the microphone and told everyone to pay attention to the Alderman. Everyone became very quiet and then with a big grin on his face he said ‘crowds under control sir.’”

Desmond also remembers spending a day with Collier at the Somerville Boxing Club.

“Collier spent the whole day loading dumpsters full of junk,” Desmond continues. “At one point I looked over and he was playing with one of the neighborhood kids. The two of them were laughing like they were old friends. That’s the first time I knew he would be a good police officer.”

Mayor Curtatone said Collier “was exemplary as a public servant and a human being” and that “he would have been an outstanding member of the Somerville Police Department.”

Collier was volunteering as the Somerville Police Department’s webmaster until his death, and had previously served in the city’s auxiliary police and as a civilian in its IT department.