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As Boston bombing movie opens, officer's family seeks credit

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/21/2016 By DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer
This undated official portrait released by the Boston Police Department shows policer officer Dennis Simmonds, who died on April 10, 2014. Simmonds was among the officers at the scene in Watertown, Mass., in the early hours of April 19, 2013, when the Boston Marathon bombers were engaged in a shootout with police. His death was linked to head injuries he sustained at that time when an explosive thrown by one of the Tsarnaev brothers detonated near him. (Boston Police Department via AP) © The Associated Press This undated official portrait released by the Boston Police Department shows policer officer Dennis Simmonds, who died on April 10, 2014. Simmonds was among the officers at the scene in Watertown, Mass., in the early hours of April 19, 2013, when the Boston Marathon bombers were engaged in a shootout with police. His death was linked to head injuries he sustained at that time when an explosive thrown by one of the Tsarnaev brothers detonated near him. (Boston Police Department via AP)

BOSTON (AP) — As the new Mark Wahlberg film "Patriots Day" about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing premieres Wednesday in Boston, there's a push for recognition for a police officer who died a year after being wounded in a confrontation with the suspects.

Officer Dennis "D.J." Simmonds was injured when a pipe bomb exploded near him during the confrontation between police and Tamerlan (TAM'-ehr-luhn) and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) days after the bombing. He suffered a fatal brain aneurysm a year later.

Simmonds' family believes he should be recognized as the fifth fatality. Three people were killed when the Tsarnaevs detonated pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line. The brothers later fatally shot MIT Officer Sean Collier.

The bombing victims and Collier are mentioned by name in "Patriots Day," but Simmonds is not.

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