Boston police capture brazen afternoon bank robber

I photographed the Boston police today as they captured a bank robbery suspect, and gun in his car. The alleged suspect was still wearing the blue hospital mask he used to allegedly rob the bank.
06/19/2014-Boston,MA. A man, identified by Boston police Superintendent Robert Merner as being the suspect that had just robbed the Santander Bank on Boylston St., is seen being questioned by police after being caught on St. Botolph St. this afternoon. The man is still wearing the blue hospital mask that he reportedly used in the alleged robbery.
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06/18/2014-Lynn,MA. One of two children suffering burn injuries when they were scalded in a bathtub, is wheeled to a waiting medical helicopter at Lynn English High School. They were brought to the helicopter’s landing zone from an incident that happened at 263 essex St.

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The tale of a Storrow Drive rollover. Photo sequence

I happened upon this accident last night. My photos, of a man positioned next to the car when the troopers arrived, also show the man being asked to walk a straight line by the Massachusetts state police troopers on scene. An account can be found here. This man was eventually cuffed and taken away. This happened last night just prior to 7pm

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I had the pleasure of meeting Jimmy Page today as I photographed him outside of his hotel shortly after he received an honorary doctoral degree from the Berklee College of Music. I had passed a hotel where I saw a large crowd gathered, so I stopped and inquired what/who they were waiting for. A nice man named Ross came out to greet the crowd. Ross is an associate of Jimmy’s. He told the crowd the crowd rules regarding autographs and photos. There were to be no photos. I took out my Leica camera and left my large and bulky press cameras in my car’s trunk. I explained to Ross that I had no intent on selling the photo, simply I wanted a nice portrait. He went into the hotel and came out and said that it was ok that I snap Jimmy’s photo but that I could only shoot for a few seconds, and that I had to wait in line with the autograph seekers. I got to Jimmy and he smiled broadly and said something to the effect of: oh, I was told (by Ross) about this professional camera and that you must be a professional, ok, just a second. He then went into his pocket and took out his sunglasses and put them on. I shook his hand and thanked him. He continued his infectious smile and was quite at ease. I was not. I confess to being a little nervous, after all, it is not everyday one meets a guitar God. The other photo here is from 1995 when I photographed the Page and Plant concert down the street at the Boston Garden for the Boston Herald.

 

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Moving awards ceremony honoring Boston’s best firefighters.

            The 135th Annual Ball and Awards Ceremony of the Boston Fire Department honored 20 firefighters last night who, according to Interim Fire CommissionerJohn F. Hasson, “have distinguished themselves in the performance of their duty during 2013.” Hasson spoke to the large crowd at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel and touched upon the bravery displayed at the April 15 Boston Marathon terrorist attack where “members, on duty or off, performed their duties with the utmost bravery”. Firefighter Douglas Menard, of Engine Company 14, was awarded the John E. Fitzgerald Medal for the Most Meritorious Act. His plaque description reads: “On April 15, 2013, two bombs were detonated by terrorists at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon. Fire Fighter Douglas Menard was in close proximity to the bomb detonation and was knocked off balance by the explosion. Without hesitation and under the uncertain threat of more bombs, he came upon his first victim, a mother covering her teenage daughter’s injured leg. He applied a tourniquet and moved on to several other victims with burning cloths caused by the hot metal fragments of the bomb. He extinguished their burning cloths and provided first aid to their burns. After receiving several reports of victims in the Marathon Sports building, he entered the building and, aided by other firefighters, continued to to provide first aid to multiple victims.”
Nineteen other firefighters were honored for heroic acts performed in 2013.

Firefighter Douglas Menard, with John F. Hasson, Interim Fire Commissioner, and Joseph E. Finn, Deputy Chief, at right.

Firefighter Douglas Menard, with John F. Hasson, Interim Fire Commissioner, and Joseph E. Finn, Deputy Chief, at right.
Medal of Honor recipients, Fire Lieutenant Sean M. O'Brien, engine company 7, at left, and firefighter Charles M. Buchanan engine company 24, among others.

Medal of Honor recipients, Fire Lieutenant Sean M. O’Brien, engine company 7, at left, and firefighter Charles M. Buchanan engine company 24, and Michael Foley.

Medal of Honor recipients, Fire Lieutenant Sean M. O'Brien, engine company 7, at left, and firefighter Charles M. Buchanan engine company 24, among others.

Medal of Honor recipients, Fire Lieutenant Sean M. O’Brien, engine company 7, at left, and firefighter Charles M. Buchanan engine company 24, among others.

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Two Boston firefighters die in Back Bay blaze. My photos.

A very sad day. Here are some scenes that I witnessed today. May firefighters Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy rest in peace. Great job by their fellow firefighters to try and rescue them

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I am catching lots of heat, and agree that a photo I snapped today of New England Patriots’ Quarterback Tom Brady watching the tragic #Boston fire that claimed two firefighters lives, should NOT overshadow the tragic circumstances of today. Two Boston firefighters perished today. I was told of the proximity to Brady’s house by our news desk. I already knew he lived there. I looked up and he was there. I made a news photo, doing what I was told. Brady looked very concerned and upset for the firefighters as he was peering down at his neighbors house. I DON’T want this to overshadow what happened there today. :-(

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Last night’s moon and Jet traffic departing Boston.

I snapped these from #SomeWindowInWinthrop, late last night, as these jets were turning west somewhere near Scituate. The larger plane is UPS Fl 1013 from Boston to Louisville and the smaller plane is SouthWest airlines fl 975 to Baltimore. Both jets took off  over Winthrop but I needed to await that turn.

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Air Force One photo sequence flying into Boston

Here is the photo sequence from late afternoon yesterday as Air Force One was on short final approach over South Boston, flying into Boston’s Logan International Airport. I had some folks questioning whether this was real or a photo fake, with the skyline of Boston so close. The one photo in the middle of this sequence was “retweeted” on Twitter several hundred times. It seems people like this amazing airplane, and see it as a source of American pride, as opposed to another divisive political topic. Shot from Deer Island with an 1120mm lens.

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Pictureboston returns after brief hiatus

It has been a busy several weeks of the new year since my father, Robert Garfinkel, passed away on January 14. He was a great guy and he, along with my mother, sister and wife Laura Crimaldi, have always been very supportive of my photo work. Animal rescues, and animal’s in winter scenes, have dominated my photo work so far this year. Boston firefighter Sean Coyle rescuing a Husky that was stuck on the ice at Southie’s Sugar Bowl, a dog enjoying a Back Bay snowman, and Framingham firefighters helping to save several cows after a barn collapse, have been my highlights so far. Thanks, as always, for your support.
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