Example: [Collected via e-mail, April 2013]
Origins: On Friday, 19 April 2013, residents of the town of Watertown in the Boston metropolitan area (among others) were warned to stay in their homes while police conducted a house-to-house manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who had fled in a car (and then on foot) after the police chase and shootout that had left his brother Tamerlan dead early that morning:
A 20-square block of Watertown was cordoned off by an army of law enforcement authorities, who went door-to-door searching for the fugitive bomber.
The officer, whose identity was at first unknown, was later identified as Brookline officer John Bradley.
The Boston Police Department had originally claimed the officer was part of their ranks, writing on Twitter: 'BPD officer delivers milk to a family with young children in Waterdown during the lockdown.'
They then followed up with the tweet: 'This is a Brookline police department (BPD) officer. Apologies for confusion ... Awesome job and photo!!'
The Brookline Police Department later identified him as John Bradley.
Trish Sommers and her daughter were kept inside her daughter's house, running low on milk with a very hungry 17-month-old grandson.
"I walk out the front door,and you can't go out, and [the police] all start walking toward me, and I say, 'Can I talk to you?' and I say, 'I don't know anything, but my 17-month-old
Within an hour, an officer delivered two gallons of milk, going above and beyond the call of duty. Sommers snapped a picture with her phone to remember the gesture.
Sommers said she was scared to death during the search and at times felt like the bombing challenged her freedoms, but she said she will take away pride in the U.S. from the experience.
"So then you feel like it has been taken away from you, and then I think about the experience with the Boston police and how they protected us, and I am the proudest American I can be," said Sommers.
The picture of the officer delivering milk soon went viral online. Sommers said the attention made her uncomfortable, so she took it off Facebook, but it was too late.
Homan, Nate. "Officer in Iconic Photograph Identified as Brookline Police Officer." Brookline Patch. 22 April 2013. Seper, Jerry. "Police Capture Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev." The Washington Times. 19 April 2013. Stebner, Beth. "America's Toughest Milkman." Daily Mail. 21 April 2013. KKCO-TV [Grand Junction, CO]. "Local Woman Snaps Viral Shot from Watertown Lockdown." 22 April 2013. WBZ-TV [Boston]. "Photograph of Police Officer Delivering Milk to Family Goes Viral." 21 April 2013.