Sean Collier, who authorities say was killed by the Boston Marathon Bombing suspects, will soon realize his dream of becoming a Somerville police officer.
Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill Tuesday allowing the city of Somerville to appoint Collier postumously to the city's police force, according to WHDH.
Collier, a Somerville resident, was serving as an MIT police officer when, on April 18, he was allegedly shot to death by the suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Jackie Rossetti, a spokesperson for the city of Somerville, said Tuesday afternoon the city was planning a ceremony for Collier's appointment to the Somerville Police Department, but no date had been set. She said the city was in the process of working with Collier's family to make those plans.
According to WHDH, Somerville State. Sen. Patricia Jehlen, who co-sponsored the home rule petition allowing the postumous appointment, said, "While nothing we do can bring Collier back, this posthumous appointment is a meaningful way to honor his memory and brave service.”
Somerville State. Rep. Denise Provost also co-sponsored the bill, according to WHDH.
Collier was working toward becoming a Somerville police officer, and he would have been sworn onto the force on June 3.
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