Gay Boston Cop Amongst First Responders
One of the most seen photos from the Boston Marathon bombings has three Boston policeman assisting a fallen runner amidst white smoke minutes after the attack. The runner, 78-year-old Bill Iffrig of Lake Stevens, Washington, who was knocked off his feet by the bomb blast, but recovered and completed the race.
Sports Illustrated found it so pertinent that it put it on its cover of this week's magazine. (The photo is from the Boston Globe.)
Boston Pride's Facebook page makes a LGBT connection: "The Police Officer to the far right is a good friend of Boston Pride! He is the Boston Police Gay Liaison to the community Javier Pagan
"One of the First Responders who was miraculously standing right behind the flags where the first bomb went off---- Boston Pride would like to Thank Javier for all you do!" the Boston Pride Facebook page added.
The Dallas Voice added:
"Officer Pagan’s husband, Pedro, is a retired sergeant from the New York Police Department who rescued many people when the Twin Towers collapsed on Sept. 11, 2011, according to a recent profile of Pagan by a Boston CrossFit site.
"Pagan also escorted LGBT civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto to City Hall Plaza on May 17, 2004, when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of marriage equality.
"Pagan, a native of Puerto Rico who came out at 26 a year after joining the force, was profiled by the Bay Windows LGBT newspaper when he was named to the position in 2002."