Since first becoming Police Commissioner over 4 years ago, Commissioner William Evans has always been able to count on the help and support of a 13-year-old boy from West Roxbury by the name of Brayden Gero. In fact, this past week, when the Commissioner stopped by the Police Academy to join Recruit Class 57-17 on their traditional class run from the Police Academy to BPD Headquarters, Brayden Gero was already there waiting to, not only join the run, but to also help the Commish address the recruits before the run began.
Said Commissioner William Evans, “Brayden’s a wonderful kid and huge fan of police officers and for the past 4 years, he’s been right by my side as he and I have spoken to the recruits about the importance of being good police officers.”
This past Friday on April 6, 2018, Brayden looked out at the recruits and offered them the following advice, “Stay alert. Be safe. And help each other.” Said the Commissioner, “I couldn’t have said it any better than Brayden.” After addressing the class, Brayden led the recruits for the first half mile of the run before stepping aside.
Last night, two days after the class run on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at the 146th Annual Boston Police Relief Association Ball, Brayden Gero once again took center stage when Commissioner Evans, along with Mayor Walsh and Chief William Gross, asked Brayden to come to the stage in order to accept a Special Commissioner’s Commendation. Said Brayden’s dad, Jarrod Gero, “He hasn’t let the award outta his sight since we got home and I can’t thank the Commissioner or say enough about how much this award means to Brayden. He’s so proud of it because of his love of police officers and everything they represent. He looks up to them, one day hopes to be one, and he’s never met a police officer he didn’t like. And that’s because every officer Brayden has ever met has gone out of their way to treat him with the upmost respect and dignity. And, because of that treatment, he wants to be a police officer in the worst way when he gets older.” From all of us here at the Boston Police Department, we say, "Thanks for all the support, Brayden. Looking forward to seeing you at the next Police Academy Run."