Before MIT campus police officer Sean Collier was executed, allegedly shot five times by the Boston bombing suspects as they tried to flee an FBI dragnet, the 26-year-old had been striving to become a police officer in the nearby city of Somerville.
Collier joined the MIT police last January, but also worked for the Somerville department as a civilian, and as a volunteer auxiliary officer.
Now, the Somerville mayor tells ABC News that the city has started a process to posthumously appoint Collier as a city police officer, providing his family with a badge and badge number. The number will be retired, as is custom with fallen officers.
“He will be thought of and considered forever as a Somerville Police Officer,” Deputy Somerville Police Chief Michael Cabral said.