Boston police officer wounded in Watertown shootout with bombing suspects dies on duty


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Dennis O. Simmonds, Boston police officer wounded in Watertown shootout with Boston bombing suspects dies on duty at 28
Boston Police Department Dennis O. Simmonds, a decorated Boston police officer who was wounded in last year’s Watertown shootout with the Boston bombing suspects, has died on duty at the age of 28.

A 28-year-old Boston police officer, who was wounded in the Watertown shootout with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, has died after suffering a medical emergency.

Dennis O. Simmonds, who was set to receive a Top Cop Award from President Obama next month for his valiant service nearly a year ago today, died while on duty Thursday, his department announced Friday.

His cause of death was not disclosed.

His department instead described him as “a highly decorated and beloved” six-year police veteran who was assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force.

Police officers search homes for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in Watertown, Massachusetts April 19, 2013.  Police on Friday killed one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing during a shootout and mounted a house-to-house search for a second man in the suburb of Watertown after a bloody night of shooting and explosions in the city's streets. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi    (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)JESSICA RINALDI/REUTERS Simmonds was injured when an explosive was thrown at him on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Mass. He was one of many heros who responded…

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