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Somerville looks to make Sean Collier a city cop posthumously

Posted by Jarret Bencks  April 25, 2013 11:50 AM

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Officials in Somerville are looking to make Sean Collier's dream of becoming a Somerville police officer a reality.

Sean-Collier.jpgCollier, the 26-year-old MIT police officer who was fatally shot in his cruiser on April 18, allegedly by the suspected bombers of the Boston Marathon, had worked as a civilian in the Somerville Police Department as its webmaster,  and aspired to eventually become a police officer in the city.

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone will submit a home rule petition to the city's Board of Aldermen on Thursday, that, if approved, would seek permission from the state Legislature to posthumously appoint Collier as a Somerville police officer, the city announced Thursday.

Collier, a Somerville resident, had been enrolled in the Transit Police Academy, and was on track to become a Somerville police officer on June 3, Curtatone said in a statement.

"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," Curtatone said in the statement. "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."

A funeral service for Collier held Wednesday was attended by thousands, including police officers from across New England.

Collier was well-known in the Somerville Police Department, and considered "part of the Somerville Police Department family," Chief Thomas Pasquarello said in a statement.

"There isn't a person here that he didn't touch in some way," Pasquarello said. "He never said no. Whatever it was that anyone needed to get done, he would help. This is one small act to honor and remember him that we can now do for him."

If the home rule petition is approved by the Legislature, the city would hold a formal appointment ceremony at City Hall, and Collier's photo would be hung alongside other city officers who have died in the line of duty, city spokesperson Jackie Rossetti said. The appointment would not be retroactive to prior to his death.

"It's just another honor to bestow upon him for his commitment to the city," Rossetti said.

Curtatone and Pasquarello will be at RadioBDC, the Globe's radio station, Friday at 10 a.m. to discuss this story.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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