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Cop Photo Goes Viral: Officer Brought Milk to Family During Boston Lockdown

By Megan Anderle   |   Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 02:54 PM

As the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev raged on last week and police imposed a lockdown in the Boston area while officials conducted door-to-door searches, a photo of a cop delivering milk to a hunkered-down family has had a positive vibe online.

Officer John Bradley is seen in the photo carrying two gallons of milk and walking up to a family's doorstep. The photo was taken from a window by resident Kevin Wells, of Brookline. Bradley brought the milk for Wells’ 17-month-old child.
“It just meant the world that he literally went out and got two gallons of milk,” McKenzie Wells, the mother of the child, told Today.com. “We wanted to pay him, but he wouldn’t take money from us. He was just so generous.”

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The photo has been shared more than 100,000 times on Facebook as of Tuesday, and countless times on other social media outlets.

Bradley, who works for the Brookline Police Department, declined to comment to Today.com, deferring to the department's spokesperson.

“He was just happy to be able to help,’’ Brookline Police Department spokesperson Lt. Phil Harrington told Today. “He does not want to take credit from the many officers who were there doing their job.”

The couple ran out of milk for their son, Holden, while the neighborhood was on lockdown. Shortly after noon, McKenzie Wells' mother, Trish Sommers, walked down the block to ask an officer if he could help. The officer more than obliged.

The couple never expected the photo to gain as much traction as it has. At first, they pulled the photo off Facebook because they didn’t want Bradley to be upset.

“The fact that it went as viral as it did was kind of crazy,'' Wells said. "We kind of thought we were going to get in trouble at first, so we pulled it off. We just didn't want to upset the officer, but we didn't think it would be everywhere.”

Tsarnaev was captured about four blocks from the Wells’ home, and the couple celebrated with other locals when police found him alive.

“It was just awesome to see everyone out with their kids and families,’’ Wells said. “It was a scary time, but everyone was united. The fact that we could shut down the city, and they could capture the guy and make everyone feel safe while helping those recovering was amazing to see.”

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