Officer Killed Year After Boston Marathon Bombing Posthumously Promoted

An officer who died a year after he was wounded in a confrontation with the Boston Marathon bombers has been posthumously promoted.

Boston Police Department Police Commissioner William Evans promoted Officer Dennis Simmonds to the rank of police sergeant this week.

Simmonds was injured when a pipe bomb exploded near him days after the bombing. The explosive device was thrown by brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown on April 19, 2013, as they tried to escape.

Simmonds suffered a fatal brain aneurysm a year later while working out at the Boston Police Academy gym.

Evans said the decision to honor Simmonds with the promotion was an "easy one".

"He was an exceptional police officer who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the city he loved. This is a tribute to his hard work and service to the City of Boston during his time as an officer," said Evans. "His leadership and dedication made him a perfect candidate for sergeant, so I have promoted him to honor his name and keep his memory alive."

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