In the aftermath of yesterday's cowardly act of terrorism in Boston, and as the injury report began to rise, I could only think about how much worse this violent act could have been if not for the quick action of Boston F.D., P.D., EMS, and U.S. National Guard. As I sat and watched the same horrific images over and over, my thoughts, prayers, and empathy were for our brothers in red and blue who were dealing with the carnage first-hand. But I have to admit, as the injury rate climbed, and the death tole stayed pat, I swelled with a sense of pride.
Terror and violence is an ever-present, ever-growing reality for the U.S., and the world. A world in which combatants are not targeted, but the innocence of everyday life. But something that the terrorists overlook, whether abroad or domestic, is the American first responder will ALWAYS be there to stop the pain, the bleeding, and heal their blow. We will not cower, we will not run, we WILL fight their demented cause and the inevitable devastation with our every breath. They will not win! Because as long as the American first responder is on the job, fear will not overcome hope and perseverance.
The American first responders are super heroes without capes, and they gave death a very bad day yesterday in Boston!