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Police sergeant who tackled Boston Marathon bomber retires after 41 years

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 6/1/2021 Peter Sblendorio

Longtime Massachusetts police sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, who confronted and tackled a Boston Marathon bomber in 2013, retired Monday.

Pugliese spent more than 41 years with the Watertown Police Department.

He was hailed a hero after he tackled Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers behind the tragic 2013 attack at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and left more than 250 injured.

Pugliese said Monday that he is not ready to retire. He was required to by the state after reaching the age threshold of 65.

Joe Biden, Jeff Pugliese are posing for a picture: Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese receives the Medal of Valor from Joe Biden, then the vice president, in 2015. © Pablo Martinez Monsivais Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese receives the Medal of Valor from Joe Biden, then the vice president, in 2015.

Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese receives the Medal of Valor from Joe Biden, then the vice president, in 2015. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/)

He also reflected on the April 15, 2013, confrontation with Tsarnaev.

“The only thing separating us was a 4-foot chain link fence,” Pugliese said, according to CBS Boston.

“We were exchanging gunfire and his gun, now we know it ran out of ammunition but, at the time we didn’t know if it jammed. He stopped. He literally took the gun, looked at me, we made eye contact, and then he threw the gun at me and hit me in the shoulder with it. I holstered up and chased after him and tackled him.”

a group of people riding skis on a snowy road: Emergency workers treat people who suffered injuries in the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon. © Provided by New York Daily News Emergency workers treat people who suffered injuries in the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Emergency workers treat people who suffered injuries in the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Charles Krupa/)

Tsarnaev died after his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, struck him with an SUV that day. Dzhokhar is serving life in prison.

Pugliese was honored in 2015 with a Medal of Valor from the Obama Administration.

The following year, he was played by actor J.K. Simmons in the movie “Patriots Day.” Simmons sent a video to Pugliese to congratulate him on his retirement.

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