By Mindy Albright, CCRC – ICISF Member and Approved Instructor
April 15th 2013 was a day I will never forget. I was in Boston teaching at Regis College, a sunny spring day and our class was going well until phones started resounding alerts, mine included. Something horrible had happened.
It was 2:49 pm, two pressure cooker bombs hidden in backpacks exploded within 13 seconds of each other, sending shrapnel tearing through the packed crowd near the Boston Marathon’s finish line on Boylston Street.
Immediately two of the students in the class informed me they were members of the Boston Crisis Response Team and placed a call to inform their team that my partner and I were available to assist.
The only information we had at that time was, two bombs had gone off and many were injured. The final impact of the crisis was four dead, sixteen limbs lost, and 264 injured. Although, that does not account for those with unseen wounds. As we are all aware this event will never be erased from the minds and hearts of those present that day.
As we entered the bomb site, our intent to be available to assist many of the runners and first responders that were in the Boylston Street area was our first priority. Chaos was still present, though the emergent situation of the day had calmed a bit…
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