State representative calls on ‘Patriots Day’ director to honor Boston officer

BOSTON (WHDH) - State Representative Timothy Whelan wants “Patriots Day” director Peter Berg to pay tribute to an officer who was left out of the film.

Whelan said producers of the film did not include the fifth victim of the Boston Marathon bombers, Boston Officer D.J. Simmons.

Simmons suffered a head injury from a homemade bomb during the manhunt following the 2014 bombing, which the representative says led to his death the following year.

Whelan is quoted as saying the following in a post on Facebook:

“‘The injuries DJ sustained that evening directly led to his tragic loss one year later and I grieve with his family for their loss. Director Peter Berg has an opportunity here to right a wrong and honor the fifth victim of that tragic series of attacks in April 2013. I call on Director Berg to immediately include recognition of Officer Dennis Simmonds brave sacrifice in his film…'”

The full post can be viewed here:

“Patriots Day” does recognize the three people killed near the finish line, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Krystle Campbell, as well as the MIT officer who died, Sean Collier.

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