Officer honored for Marathon bravery dies on duty

By News Staff

news@abc6.com

The Associated Press

An
officer who survived a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has
died after an on-duty medical emergency.

Officials say 28-year-old Officer Dennis
Simmonds died Thursday after being stricken in the gym at the Boston Police
Academy.

Police say Simmonds had been involved in the
shooting with the alleged bombers in Watertown.
For his actions he earned the department's highest honor for bravery and was
scheduled to visit the White House next month.

Simmonds was a six-year veteran assigned to
the Youth Violence Strike Force.

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