Commissioner Evans presents Special Commissioner’s Commendation to 13-year-old Brayden Gero for his ongoing support of the Boston Police Department

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."

Local 5th Grader Shares Heartfelt Essay at 146th Annual BPRA Awards Ceremony on Importance of Community Service and the Sound She Loves to Hear When Her Dad, a Police Officer, Returns Home After Work

Local 5th Grader Shares Heartfelt Essay on Importance of Community Service and the Comforting Sound of a Piece of Safety Equipment Designed to Keep Her Dad Safe at 146th Annual Boston Police Relief Association Awards &  Ball Ceremony: Last night, Sunday, April 8, 2018, at the 146th Annual Boston Police Relief Association Ball, 5th grader Zoe Sweeney was invited to share her award-winning essay on the topic of community service and what it means to her. The essay reads as follows:

"My mom asked me to write an essay about what community service means to me. She began explaining to me who was firefighter Michael Kennedy and his story. That’s when I remembered standing on Centre Street watching his funeral procession drive by. At the time I was 6-years-old at St. Theresa’s School. Firefighter Kennedy dedicated his life to community service. I think he was a great role model. I hope I can be just as great of a role model, too. Community Service and service to others means many things to me. It means volunteering in your community and helping the less fortunate. It means being friendly to a new classmate or teammate so they feel welcomed. It means being a good role model for others. For people in public service, it means keeping their community safe, but just as important it means keeping themselves safe. I have been seeing this first hand since I was younger, and I am now really starting to understand what it means. I say this because my dad is a Police Officer in Boston. For years he has been getting ready for work while I am getting ready for bed. He works the over-night shift. Before he left he would come in and give me a kiss goodnight. I would always hear this noise that was loud. It sounded like plastic tearing or ripping. I didn’t like the noise. I would ask my dad what it was and he would say it’s part of my uniform, it keeps me safe. I knew it covered his back and chest, but back then I really didn’t know what it was. Now, that I am older I realize that the noise was my dad putting on his bullet proof vest. The loud noise was the Velcro connecting the sides of the vest together. The noise that I didn’t like when I was younger is now the noise I love to hear when my dad is getting ready for work, but more importantly, I really love that noise when he comes home from work and takes off his vest because I know he is home safe. I know that he has done a small part to keep our community safe. Just like all men and women in public service do every day.”

— Zoe Sweeney, Grade 5

146th Annual Boston Police Relief Association Ball Recognizes BPD Officers for Exceptional Levels of Courage and Bravery

146th Annual Boston Police Relief Association Ball Recognizes BPD Officers for Exceptional Levels of Courage and Bravery: Last night, Sunday, April 8, 2018, the BPRA took the opportunity to honor and recognize the dedication, devotion and bravery of the men and women of the Boston Police Department at its 146th Annual Ball and Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to not only last night’s awardees, 53 in total, but to every officer who gets up and each and every day eager to protect and serve the citizens of Boston.

In the picture above, Deputy Superintendent Gerard Bailey is seen bestowing the Department’s Medal of Honor in Memory of Sergeant Richard F. Halloran, who was killed in the line of duty in November of 1975, to Officer Quion Riley of the Youth Violence Strike Force who, along with Officers Eric MacPherson, Andrew Hunter, Michael Taylor and Ellys Lee, arrested an armed gunman wanted in connection to a shooting incident in September of 2017. Additionally, the department’s highest award, the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Medal, was presented to Detective James Coyne along with Officers Eric MacPherson, Ellys Lee and Michael Taylor of the Youth Violence Strike Force for extraordinary levels of bravery displayed during the arrest of an armed gunmen in February of 2016.

Said Commissioner William Evans, “To all of this year’s award recipients, I say thank you for your service and congratulations on your well-deserved honor. Our city remains one of the safest big cities in America because of your service and sacrifice. As Commissioner of the Boston Police Department, not a day goes by where I’m not impressed by the hard work being done by my officers and I especially want to thank the BPRA for taking the time, as they do each and every year, to honor and recognize the exceptional levels of professionalism, compassion and bravery put forth by my officers in their ongoing efforts to keep people safe.”