Description: Viral image
Circulating since: April 20, 2013
Status: Authentic (see details below)
This police officer brought two gallons of milk to a family with young children in Watertown, after they had run out during the lockdown. This is why I love living in Boston.
Analysis: This image was originally posted on Reddit.com on April 20, 2013 with the following explanation:
To protect and serve!
Context: My friend who lives in Watertown (right between where the shootings happened last night and the location of the arrest of the second bomber) has a 16 month old son. Since they were on lock down this awesome cop went to the store to get them some milk. Very cool.
According to a report by local Boston TV station WBZ, the Boston Police Department confirmed the authenticity of the photo on April 21. It was reposted on the official Boston PD Facebook page and via the Boston PD Twitter account the same day. It was noted in a subsequent update that the officer is a member of the nearby Brookline Police Department, not Boston PD. His name is John Bradley.
Sources and further reading:
To Protect and Serve!
Reddit.com, 20 April 2013
Photograph Of Boston Police Officer Delivering Milk To Family Goes Viral
WBZ-TV News, 21 April 2013
Police Officer Delivers Milk to Family During Manhunt
Fox 2 News, 21 April 2013
Mass. Couple: Officer Bringing Milk During Lockdown 'Meant the World'
Today.com, 22 April 2013
Last updated 04/23/13