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MIT Creates Collier Medal in Honor of Slain Somerville Resident

The Collier Medal will honor individuals and groups that embody the "character and qualities that Officer Collier exhibited."

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is creating a medal, named after Sean Collier, to be awarded annually to "an individual or group that embodies the character and qualities that Officer Collier exhibited as a member of the MIT community and in all aspects of his life," according to an announcement from MIT Executive Vice President and Treasurer Israel Ruiz, WHDH reported.

Collier, a Somerville resident and MIT police officer, was shot to death on April 18 by the suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombing, according to authorities.

Collier also worked and volunteered with the Somerville Police Department, and in August he was posthumously appointed to the department. When he was killed, at the age of 27, he was weeks away from being sworn in as a Somerville police officer, which had been his dream.

According to WHDH, the first Collier Medal will be presented on Feb. 25, and MIT is accepting nominations through Jan. 10.

MIT also unveiled a Sean Collier Memorial in October.

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