Completing a marathon is an incredible accomplishment. And, completing the Boston Marathon is an even greater achievement. That is what makes the events that unfolded at the finish line yesterday even more tragic. It is difficult to comprehend something so terrible, but I am heartened by the outpouring of support.
Runners found the strength to continue running from the finish line to the nearest hospital to give blood. Spectators rushed over barricades to help the injured. And, first responders jumped into action.
I am thankful for the medical and emergency personnel, the medical staff at local hospitals, law enforcement and the everyday citizens who answered the call for help. An inspiring desire to aid others was evident during yesterday’s event, and it was a great reminder of why we do what we do each day – to help others. My thoughts and prayers go out to the runners, the families and the city.