Playground hails hero of marathon

A brand-new Dorchester playground will honor the fallen officer who died a year after sustaining injuries while exchanging fire with the Boston Marathon bombers in 2013.

The playground and basketball courts of Harambee Park on Blue Hill Avenue will formally be named after Sgt. Dennis “D.J.” Simmonds today, who was among the first responders to the scene in Watertown, where Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev threw explosives and engaged in a shootout with police.

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