There was terror. Unspeakable horror and loss and tragedy. A whole city on edge, waiting, not knowing if they were next.
The good guys stepped into action. The cowboy-hatted Carlos Arredondo, (who lost his son in Iraq) immediately tended to a severely injured young man who would suffer double amputations. Nurse Stephen Segatore, prepared for the usual marathon-related maladies, instead comforted a young woman so she wouldn’t die alone. Former army medic (now MIT staffer) Bruce Mendelsohn ran from a party nearby to deal with an assortment of gruesome wounds.
And let’s not leave out law enforcement. By all appearances, they left any temptation for bureaucratic one-upmanship at the door. Local and state police, FBI, ATF and transit police all pooled resources and devoted their considerable energies to stopping the bombers. They went beyond the usual media briefings and fully embraced Twitter to open a public dialogue.
When the FBI crowdsourced photos of the suspects, the regular Joes and Jills stepped in. They took to the airwaves on social media, and spread the word from law enforcement. It was their tips and calls that led to the ultimate resolution. They took their city back for the good guys.
While I pray we won’t need to mobilize like this ever again, I want to remember this moment. To remind us that we each have the power to make a difference. To make a call, to lend a hand. To step up when we’re needed most.
Thank you Boston.
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