RANDOLPH (CBS) – It has been seven years since Police Officer Dennis “DJ” Simmonds died of his injuries in the Boston Marathon bombing.
However, a new playground at Belcher Park in Randolph, where Simmonds often played as a child, will honor his memory.
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The volunteers worked quickly, erecting the playground in just three days. The playground was organized by a non-profit Where Angels Play foundation, which has built 55 across the country as a tribute to local heroes.
“It is, in fact, a tribute to an exceptional young man who left an indelible mark on all of us here at Randolph,” said Randolph advisor Ken Clifton.
Simmonds died in 2014 from injuries he sustained a year earlier when a bomb exploded near him in Watertown during a police shootout with Boston Marathon bombers. He was 28 years old.
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Her former partner said Simmonds was a great role model who had mastered the secrecy of community policing.
“If you treat people like you treat your family, the world will just be a better place,” said Ciro Feliciano, Simmonds partner and Boston police officer.
The play area sign features a photo of Simmonds playing catch with a child.
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“I’m asking you to pay today and do what you can to help someone,” said Simmonds’ uncle Larry Grant.