The last time we saw Boston Police Officer Steve Horgan he was standing on the lead Duck Boat during the Red Sox Rolling Rally on November 2, 2013. To say it’s been an eventful year for Officer Horgan, a 27 year veteran of the force, is no understatement. In the blink of an eye, or in the time it takes a person to thrust their arms straight up in the air after witnessing a game-winning home run courtesy of David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, Horgan has gone from a nameless Boston Police Officer assigned to the Red Sox bullpen into, not only a household name, but quite possibly one of the most recognized officers in the history of the Boston Police Department. BPDNews recently caught up to Officer Horgan as he was walking the beat as the Holiday Walking Beat officer assigned to the area of Boylston & Newbury Streets on District D-4.
BPDNews: Have things slowed down for you since the Red Sox Parade?
Horgan: No, not really. I thought it would but it's still real busy.
BPDNews: How much fun did you have during the Red Sox Parade?
Horgan: It was awesome. I still can’t believe I was asked to ride on John Henry’s duck boat. I’d have to say being on John Henry’s boat and having my hat retired at the New England Sports Museum might be the two coolest things that have happened to me.
BPDNews: Do people still recognize you?
Horgan: They do. People still recognize me and when they see me, the first thing they say is, “Hey, there’s the bullpen cop!”
BPDNews: Is it tough being famous?
Horgan: It was tough at first because I wasn’t ready for all the attention. But, I got more comfortable with it and was able have fun with it because people have been so nice and supportive. I can’t say enough about the people. The people have been great.
BPDNews: What’s been the biggest surprise out of all the attention?
Horgan: Getting fan mail delivered to my house and having people ask me for my autograph. I still can’t believe that people would want my autograph.
BPDNews: If given a chance to do it all over again, would you have kept your arms down by your side?
Horgan: No, I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s been an unbelievable ride and an absolute blast. Everbody's been great and I'm really thankful.
BPDNews: One last question. How are your shoulders?
Horgan: My shoulders are just fine. Thanks for asking.