BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) — Rep. Michael Capuano on Tuesday filed the Officer Sean Collier Campus Police Recognition Act of 2013 in memory of the MIT police officer allegedly slain by the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.
The 27-year-old Sean Collier was fatally shot while sitting in his police cruiser on April 18. Authorities say he was killed by the two men suspected in the twin bombing, which happened three days earlier.
"Officer Collier was a hero who lost his life while doing a job he loved, serving and protecting the MIT community as a member of campus law enforcement," said Capuano. "This bill is a small way to honor his memory."
The legislation would add campus police officers to the Department of Justice's Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program. The federal program provides financial assistance to police officers, firefighters and EMTs who are catastrophically injured in the line of duty. If they are killed, the program provides benefits to eligible family members.
Rep. Capuano's bill would add campus police officers to the list of public safety personnel eligible to receive benefits under this existing federal program. The change would be retroactive to April 15, 2013 - the day of the bombings.