Heroic Cop Delivered Milk To Families With Small Kids During The Boston Bombing Lockdown

Officer John Bradley Delivered Milk During Boston Bombing LockdownJust when we had all finally stopped crying for two minutes comes this amazing image of one of Boston’s finest completing a practical and simple errand which so many of us with kids could totally appreciate. This officer deserves a medal of honor. I can’t imagine what families went through last week. You have little kids and two suspected terrorists are on the loose after one of the most horrific incidents in history. You are told you cannot leave your house. You have probably started to run out of essentials, your kids are scared because even though you may not have had the news on they knew something was going on, school was cancelled, they couldn’t play outside, mom and dad were probably horribly stressed out, and you can’t even tun to the market to pick up milk. This is where Brookline officer John Bradley comes in, clad in all black and a bulletproof vest, delivering milk to Watertown residents on lockdown.

Screen Shot 2013-04-22 at 6.17.59 AM

To know when everything was at its worst that Officer John Bradley delivered milk during Boston bombing lockdown just shows how good people can people, how selfless and kind and truly heroic. Stories like these, and all of the others of the doctors and emergency personal who gave so selflessly give us all hope and pride in the goodness of people, and make us all remember that even when atrocities happen, as Fred Rogers has said, we can always “look for the helpers.”

I can’t imagine how hard it must have been keeping kids entertained and reassured during this awful time, when you have no idea what will happen next and you are terrified of what it going on outside your own window, and what it must have been like to see Officer Bradley on your doorstep carrying milk. Things like this give me so much hope. I want to hug Officer Bradley.

(Image: twitter)

Be Sociable, Share!
Be Sociable, Share!
  • Annie

    I’m a pretty miserable bastard, but this brought a tear to my eye.

  • Whaaaaaaat?

    I hate to sound heartless, but during a crisis, was this REALLY the best use of police manpower? Your kids will survive without milk.

    • http://twitter.com/TwAlexLee Alex Lee

      I’m going to give Officer Bradley the benefit of the doubt and assume that he fully knew how serious the “crisis” was in that particular area at that particular time – weighed the pros and cons and made a judgment call about whether to honor the “serve” part of “to serve and protect”. Maybe he was off-duty when the photo was shot?

      Yes, kids will survive without milk. But kids will be happy and healthy with milk. This isn’t setting a precedent where families should EXPECT milk delivery from every officer – this is just one singular charitable act from one man to a family. Everyone was probably feeling altruistic last week, and were looking for ANY way to help each other – damn the regulations.

      The alternative (best-use) would, in your eyes, have been to just stand guard ignoring the mom and kids?

    • Whaaaaaaat?

      Ah, that was my issue. I read it as there was a police officer delivering milk to every family. I was thinking of the difficulty of getting every family in the area a delivery, when some may not need it or want it, or someone gets missed.
      In the case that it was one or a few instances, that is commendable.

      And no, I wouldn’t expect an officer to ignore the families if they were truly in need. In need being, it’s a vital dietary requirement or the family is running out of food. I believe that if your kids are young enough not to understand the situation, their attention can be redirected. If they are old enough to understand the seriousness of the situation, they can understand they might have to drink water for a bit.

    • CMJ

      They might survive but that was a pretty intense situation and maybe that was an attempt at bringing a sense of normalcy to a very not-normal situation.

      I would also add that there were most likely numerous cops patrolling and simply there keeping things calm. He may have asked how everyone is doing and she said she needed milk.

    • http://www.facebook.com/valerisexton.jones Valeri Jones

      Try telling my 17 month old that he can’t have a cup of milk before nap or bed and then deal with his heartbreaking cry. Yes, he will survive without it, but this cop is proving that there ARE people out there who care and don’t just brush off basic needs in the time of a crisis.

    • Lawcat

      Ooooo no! He might CRY!? Toddlers NEVER do that.

      I dont think you understand what a “basic need” is… A toddler having milk at bed is not a “need” no matter how much of a tantrum he throws.

      This lockdown wasn’t for days as the article above makes it seem. It was for 12 hours. 12. That’s like being stuck inside on a really snowy day.

      I don’t think there’s anything wrong with cops proving emergency supplies – water, medicine, etc in such situations, but they shouldn’t be running nonessential errands.

    • http://www.facebook.com/valerisexton.jones Valeri Jones

      No, it isn’t an essential need and yes, he can make it 12 hours without it. But that’s what makes what this cop did even more special. He didn’t HAVE to, but he did anyway, out of the goodness of his heart. Are we really so far gone as a society that we can’t even appreciate something like that?!?!?!

  • http://twitter.com/TwAlexLee Alex Lee