Local Grandmother's Watertown Photo Goes Viral
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Trish Sommers' most recent Boston trip to visit daughter McKenzie and grandson Holden will be one for the books.
The family lives in Watertown and woke up Friday morning to the sounds of gunshots, sirens and helicopters overhead.
"Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom ... We watched them climb over the fences. It looked like ants crawling, you know, all these black uniforms. It felt like being in a movie," said Sommers.
Before the family knew it, police had the entire area on lockdown. But Sommers' 17-month-old grandson, having just woken up from a nap, was getting restless and hungry.
So despite strict orders not to, Trish timidly ventured outside to talk to an officer.
"I said, 'My grandson, he needs milk!' He said, 'You know what, we can take care of that, we'll take care of that.' Within an hour, he was back with two gallons of milk," she said.
Sommers was surprised at the officer's kindness and snapped a photo of him delivering the milk.
She was even more surprised to find the picture she posted on Facebook had gone viral.
"The man sitting next to me on the plane opened his laptop and pulled up that picture and I went, 'Oh my God, that's my picture! That's our picture!'"
Sommers says her grandson can also be credited for keeping them out of harms way the day of the bombings.
"We were standing on the finish line at 12:45 p.m. We left to go have lunch and get on the train and come home. We were there with Holden and it was, we thought, too much," she said.
People ask Sommers if McKenzie will ever return to her roots, after a nightmare week in Boston. The simple answer is no.
"It's Boston proud. They are so proud of where they live and how that whole situation was handled ... Protect and serve right? And [the officer in the photo] did. He protected and he was there to serve us too," explained Sommers.