The Boston College Police Department wasn’t looking for any credit.
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, BCPD did their job to make sure runners, spectators and students alike were all completely safe. And just four days later, when the entire city went on lockdown while the suspect was on the loose in Watertown, the men and women of the BCPD worked tirelessly to keep the campus safe for the thousands who call BC home.
During the lockdown, the BC baseball team was on a road trip against Wake Forest, and head coach Mike Gambino was watching the news unfold from his Winston-Salem, NC, hotel room.
“We heard about how they kept the dorms on lockdown, the campus closed, and didn’t let people on the campus,” Gambino said. “We just kept hearing those stories through the day and the next day and we knew we wanted to do something for BCPD.”
Gambino immediately called Assistant Athletics Director of Operations Matt Conway, and they worked on the details to hold a small pregame ceremony for the department in an upcoming game.
Recently, on a beautiful Friday afternoon, the entire Boston College police force was invited on the field for the national anthem prior to BC’s matchup with the University of Miami. Each officer was presented with a BC baseball cap, and Lieutenant Thomas King was introduced to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Behind him, the rest of the BCPD officers looked on, all donning their new Eagles caps.
“It was really cool that Lieutenant King threw out the first pitch,” Gambino explained. “And then our boys each walked out and shook their hands and thanked them. It was really just a simple way for us to say thank you.”
They never asked for any acknowledgment, but it was clear that the officers of the BCPD were excited to be part of the ceremony, no matter how modest it may have been. While some officers reported back to the station for business as usual, others stayed for a couple innings of the game.
“It was a special opportunity to show our appreciation to a group of people like BCPD who don’t really get the recognition they deserve unless a situation like this happens,” said freshman pitcher Jeff Burke. “It was a simple thing we could do, but it was great to have the opportunity to thank them for keeping us safe.”
Look for the BCPD-BC baseball exchange in the video “Boston College Remembers the Boston Marathon” on the BC YouTube channel.