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Funeral held for fallen Boston police officer in Randolph

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RANDOLPH, Mass. (WHDH) - A funeral was held on Thursday for a 28-year-old Boston Police Officer who died last week.

The funeral, which was held at the First Baptist Church in Randolph, attracted friends, family and officials who spoke of his bravery.

Simmonds was injured in the shootout with Boston Marathon bombing suspects in Watertown last year.

"There's been a lot of talk about Dennis' involvement in marathon and Watertown incidents," said Sgt. Dennis Cogavin during the service. "It's true he performed admirably and heroically in both incidents. During those two incidents, lots of people, thousands rose to the occasion, but the truth is Dennis was already at that level. He didn't need to rise to that occasion."

Mayor Marty Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans also spoke during the service about Simmonds' deeds during the bombing aftermath.

"We take solace when we think of his life. In his short time on earth, Officer Simmonds reached his goal and lived his dream," Mayor Walsh said.

The officer was honored the BPD's highest honor following the events in Watertown and in May he was due to be honored by President Obama.

He had been with the department for six years and was a member of the Youth Violence Strike Force.

Simmonds died while working out at the Boston Police Academy. He was rushed to Boston Medical Center after what police called a "medical emergency." He was later pronounced dead.

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