On this overcast and somber Monday, February 7, 2022 at approximately 11:30 hours, Boston Police Officers, along with multiple other agencies, said goodbye to Officer John O’Keefe.
Several hundred officers came together to show their support, including agents of the The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Northeastern University Police Department, Massachusetts State Police, Boston Fire Department, Boston Fire Department Honor Guard, Boston Police Department Honor Guard, Braintree Police Department, among many others.
Rows and rows of mourners and Officers gathered in front of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Braintree, where Officer O’Keefe grew up, to pay their respects.
Boston Police command staff, including acting Commissioner Greg Long and local representatives attended along with his family. As the procession exited the Church, the heartbreaking sight of his niece and nephew, whom he raised, could be seen following behind his coffin as the sounds of bagpipes wailed.
Officer O’Keefe, 46, began raising Kayley and Patrick Furbush after their mother, O’Keefe’s sister Kristen, and her husband sadly passed away in 2013 and 2014. A fundraiser has been established for the children, and as of this publication has raised a staggering $267,000. If you would like to support this fund you can do so here.
At his wake yesterday evening, hundreds of officers passed under the large American flag hoisted aloft by two fire trucks parked out front, as they filed into the church in two orderly rows to pay their respects to their fallen brother. The department said last week it is stunned and saddened by O’Keefe’s death, and they are offering whatever support they can to O’Keefe’s family.
Mayor Wu said in a written statement, “We’re devastated by Officer John O’Keefe’s tragic passing.” She continued, “As we commemorate his dedicated service to our city, my thoughts are with Officer O’Keefe’s family, friends and colleagues at Boston Police. He will be missed.”
O’Keefe’s girlfriend, Karen Read, 41, has been charged in connection to his death. She faces a litany of charges, including manslaughter and motor vehicle homicide.
As the funeral ended and the last cars left, the skies opened up to frigid rain, as if seemingly mourning the loss as well.