Local Boys in Blue Stand-in for Injured Houston Police Officer Unable to Attend Daughter’s Final BC Softball Game

Local Boys in Blue Stand-in for Injured Houston Police Officer Unable to Attend Daughter’s Final BC Softball Game: Over two months ago, on February 28, 2017, Tatiana Cortez’s father, Ronny, a 24-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, was shot multiple times responding to a burglary call in his neighborhood. His injuries, deemed life threatening at the time, prevented him from travelling to Boston College recently to attend his daughter’s final home game as a member of the BC Women’s Softball team which was played on Sunday, April 30, 2017, vs NC State. Traditionally, a senior playing in her final game is joined on the field with her parents for a pre-game ceremony in which both player and parent alike are given the opportunity to soak in and celebrate the culmination of a player’s career and the sacrifices made courtesy of mom and dad to make that career possible. Seeing that Tatiana’s dad couldn’t make the ceremony due to his injuries, a call went out to police officers from around the area to see if they’d be willing or available to stand-in for Ron. Sure enough, as the pictures attest, prior to the first pitch of the game, dozens of police officers, including several from the BPD, marched onto the field to show their support for Officer Cortez and his daughter Tatiana. Suffice to say, a powerful gesture, underscoring the fact that whether you work in Houston or Boston, a police officer is a police officer and there’s nothing we won’t do to help an officer in need or his daughter playing in the final softball game of her career. Oh by the way, as if the story needed a more perfect ending, Tatiana hit the game-winning walk off home run to ensure that her final game at Boston College was a victorious one. (Photos courtesy of Boston Globe)