This morning, Monday, November 23, 2015, the Boston Police Department received a note from a thankful mother in which she described her interaction with one of our off-duty officers. This is her letter:
"In late April 2015, I was driving on Route 3 from Hingham to Roslindale, when I heard my 12-month-old baby coughing in the back seat. The coughing lasted a few minutes and sounded bad, so I pulled over on the highway. She was red, had vomit all over her shirt, and was still coughing. I immediately picked her up out of the seat and started to panic.
"Luckily, we were only standing on the highway for about a minute when a car pulled over in front of mine. A man approached and asked if we were ok. I told him I wasn’t sure. He asked if I wanted him to call 911. I couldn't make a decision, so he called 911 for me. The man and his wife took me in the back of their SUV and calmed down both me and my daughter. The wife told me her husband is a Boston police lieutenant.
"By this time, my daughter stopped her coughing fit. The ambulance arrived and asked if I wanted my daughter evaluated at the hospital. Again, I wasn't sure what to do, so I looked up at the lieutenant and his wife. His wife offered to drive my car to South Shore Hospital so I could ride in the ambulance with my daughter. I handed my car keys to a total stranger, and she brought my car to the hospital. This is one amazing couple.
"Until this day I am not sure if I over reacted or not, but as a first time mother, it was the scariest situation I have ever been in. The lieutenant and his wife stopped on the highway that day to check on my daughter which was the nicest, most selfless act (they were on their way to a party) that I will never forget. I was not alone because of them. Yes, there are police officers that save lives, which I am sure he has done in his career. However, stopping on a highway while seeing a baby in distress while off-duty is something I am sure not every off-duty officer would have done. I am so thankful, and I want people to know there are amazing, selfless police officers in Boston. I am proud to call myself a Boston resident knowing he is the type of police officer we have in our city."