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Ceremony for Sean Collier in Somerville Thursday

Posted by Jarret Bencks  August 20, 2013 04:08 PM

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Sean Collier, the MIT police officer who was allegedly killed by Boston Marathon bombings suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, will be introduced as a Somerville police officer in a ceremony Thursday.

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Collier, who was 26 when he was fatally shot April 18 in his cruiser in Cambridge, had worked as a civilian in the Somerville Police Department as its webmaster and aspired to become an officer in the city.

In April, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone submitted a request to the Board of Aldermen to send a home rule petition to the state Legislature that would posthumously make Collier a Somerville police officer.

The request was approved by aldermen and later by the Legislature before being signed by Gov. Deval Patrick in June.

Members of Collier's family and local and state officials will be on hand for a ceremony recognizing Collier as Somerville police officer Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at Somerville City Hall.

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

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