Boston cop saves wedding on Thompson’s Island


The officer said it was the first time he had received a call for a “groom in distress”.

Left to right: Patrick Mahoney, Hannah (Crawford) Mahoney and Boston Police Officer Joseph Matthews smile for a photo at the dock on Thompson Island where the Mahoneys were married on Saturday, August 13, 2022. Matthews took Patrick and his groomsmen sailed to the island after their ship had a mechanical problem. Nick Stoico/Boston Globe

Patrick and Hannah (Crawford) Mahoney were to be married at the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center on Saturday when suddenly Patrick, his groomsmen and the wedding DJ and florist found themselves stranded on the mainland, The Boston Globe reported.

A mechanical problem with the boat that was supposed to take them to the island left the group of 13 seemingly with no way to reach the island in time for the 3 p.m. wedding, the World reported.

Patrick told the World he feared the ceremony would be delayed for several hours if they did not quickly find transportation.

Hannah, who works in the advertising department at World, was already on the island with her bridesmaids. Patrick told the newspaper he didn’t want to upset his wife by telling her what was going on, but she said she started to sense something was wrong in the early afternoon.

“Everyone just stopped communicating with us,” she said. “We didn’t hear anything at 1 p.m., so I thought, ‘Maybe a salesman is late or something’s going on.’ And then it’s 1:15 p.m. and I’m like, ‘OK, maybe there’s something seriously wrong.’

That’s when Denise Holden, director of event sales for Thompson Island, contacted the Boston Police Department’s (BPD) Port Unit for assistance.

It was Officer Joseph Matthews, who has 12 years of service under his belt, who answered. He told the World it was the first time he had answered a call for “a groom in distress”.

Matthews took the group on a department ship to Thompson Island, getting them there 17 minutes later than planned, but early enough to avoid the wedding being delayed, the World reported.

“It was good to get a good call to change and help people,” Matthews said. “They seemed happy and we were happy to be able to do it. Everything worked. »

The rest of the day went as planned for the Quincy couple, the World reported.

“The ceremony started on time, which is rare for a wedding in any circumstance, but especially today,” said Mary Kate Knight, the wedding planner. World. “…We would still be without them if it hadn’t been for [BPD].”

While on their way to the island, Patrick and his groomsmen thought of pranking Hannah and her bridesmaids by sending her a photo of Patrick being handcuffed by an officer, the World reported. Eventually, they decided not to.

“I’m glad that didn’t happen,” laughed Hannah Mahoney.


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