It’s way too soon to start asking for answers or demanding the blood of who ever is responsible for this. But it’s not too soon to talk about the first responders. The video coming out of this, one explosion followed immediately by another followed by Boston police, Fire, EMTs and military security people racing toward the danger is something none of us should wait to acknowledge or ever, ever forget. These guys, having no idea if the explosions have stopped or what else is waiting for them, came charging in with no regard for their own safety. Risking their lives to save the lives of other people they’ve never met. And they do this as part of their jobs. It’s just incredible.
Now we’re getting report of doctors and nurses who ran the race, coming in after going 26.2 and rushing over to volunteer to help treat the wounded without so much as catching their breath or grabbing a cup of water. It reminds me of a story out of the early days of the war in Afghanistan when a soldier gave his phone minutes over for a reporter to use so he could talk to his family back in the States. And the reporter telling the story asked the question “Where do we keep finding young people like these?” I have no idea, but we should never take for granted that we live in a place that’s full of them. Godspeed to all. @JerryThornton1
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