Officer Dennis Simmonds, 28, collapsed shortly before 1 p.m. at the academy on Williams Avenue in Hyde Park. Fellow officers started CPR and paramedics rushed him to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Simmonds was a 2009 graduate of the academy and a member of the Youth Violence Strike Force.
The Boston Police Department adds :
Officer Simmonds was honored at our most recent Boston Police Relief Association Awards Ceremony, earning the Department's highest honor, the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Medal for his bravery during the initial Watertown shoot-out following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
Officer Simmonds will be greatly missed by his friends, colleagues and all members of the Department. Funeral arrangements will be shared as soon as they become available.
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