SOMERVILLE, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill Tuesday that posthumously appointed Sean Collier to the Somerville Police Department.
"Officer Collier was a true hero and this deserving designation is a small token to honor his memory and his sacrifices," said Gov. Patrick.
City officials say Collier served the department for six years as a civilian employee, a volunteer auxiliary police officer and sergeant, and an unpaid intern. Collier was serving as the department's webmaster prior to his death.
"We've always considered him to be a part of the Somerville Police Department family," said Police Chief Tom Pasquarello in an April 25 interview with FOX 25. "There isn't a person here that he didn't touch in some way."
Pasquarello adds that Collier was always willing to help and that he "never said no."
Collier was expected to be offered a job as a sworn officer for Somerville on June 3, 2013. The Somerville Police Dept. sponsored his enrollment in the Transit Police Academy.
Collier, a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was fatally shot in his police cruiser on April 18. A man who was carjacked by alleged Marathon bombing mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev claims the 26-year-old admitted to shooting Collier.