Great Work Recognized: Officer presents BPD tokens to 7-year-old who knows exactly what to do in emergency

At about 7:00 AM on Friday, January 27, 2017, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call to investigate persons on West Rutland Street.

The 911 dispatcher informed the officers that the caller, 7-year-old Henry, had called 911 to report that he and his younger sisters had woken up alone and couldn’t find their mom. Officers quickly arrived on-scene only to discover after a few moments that Mom was just downstairs in the basement!

Although this turned out (happily) to have been a misunderstanding, the responding officers were so proud of Henry for knowing exactly what to do had it been a real emergency. One of the officers later returned and presented Henry and his sisters with Boston Police patches, badge pins, stickers, teddy bears, and coloring books.

Said Mom in a letter to the BPD, “I’m so glad that my children had reinforcement of the lesson I’ve been drilling since they’ve been old enough to communicate—that if they ever can’t find me or need help, a police officer will be the best person to ask for help.”

She continued, “While this thankfully did not turn out to be a true emergency, I have the deepest gratitude toward the men and women who serve our city keeping our children and families safe. These officers are examples of the positive impact officers can have.”

To Henry and his family, we say, “Thank you for thanking us, and keep up the good work!”