Amid chaos in Boston, stories of heroism defined city

  1. In the aftermath of Monday's deadly attack, there were countless stories of heroism, from aid for victims to smaller acts-a drink of water, use of a phone or a place to stay

    ... Madore, 1st Lt. Steve Fiola and Staff Sgt. Mark Welch were part of Tough Ruck 2013, a group of military members who walked the 26.2 mile course carrying their rucksacks, which weighed 32 to 45 pounds. Starting well before the race, many had just finished their 8-hour trek, their sacks filled with Gatorade, socks, a change of clothes, extra socks and first-aid kits. Many were treated in the medical tent, their feet blistered from the long day.
    The group walked to raise money for an organization that supported them, Military Friends Foundation, but quickly became part of the initial response to a terror attack.
    The three men, all guardsmen in the 1060th Transportation Company and Massachusetts natives, were near the finish line when two explosions came in quick succession. They ordered other guardsmen at the scene to help direct people out of the chaos, while the three men ran toward it.

    "We just tore that (fence) down and just allowed us to get in there and pull what was remaining - the burning debris, burning clothes-all the stuff that was on these people, just try to clean it the best we could," Fiola said.

    Fiola helped put out a fire from a handkerchief a man had in his pants. An emergency worker needed clean rags and water, and Madore said he found a baby blanket and took it to her before helping with triage. Welch first helped clear the bleachers on the opposite side of the street before going to the site of the explosion.

    Comparisons to an IED - the improvised explosive devices used by the enemy in Iraq - were apt, they said.

    "Just disturbing," said Welch, who previously served two deployments in Iraq. "I've obviously seen stuff like this before, but to have it happen on our own turf, it's a little different. Limbs gone. Fingers away from the bodies." ...
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  3. by   herring_RN
  4. by   herring_RN
    Betty Sparks - A True Hero at the Scene of Tragic Bombing

    Betty Sparks, a nurse at Newton Wellesley Hospital, who is also a specially trained nurse in providing care and treatment in the wake of all types of disasters.

    Betty, who was on the ground to help victims after Hurricane Katrina and in Haiti after the devastating earthquake, was working at the medical tent at the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday, and she was there to respond and care for the victims when the bombs exploded.

    She is trained to do this, she has seen horrific scenes before, but this time it was different, for at the finish line she knew her son was there with a camera getting ready to photograph her daughter-in-law, who was finishing the race.
    "I never had to run out to victims before where one of them could have been someone I knew, a member of my family," she wrote in an email after the event.

    Thankfully, her son and daughter-in-law were fine, and Betty did what she is trained to do. She worked the scene, caring for the victims as she always does in these situations until they were all transferred out to the city's hospitals. ...

  5. by   herring_RN
    The nurse who tended to Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell near the finish line during her final moments of life would like to meet her parents in the hopes he could give them some solace in their grief.
    Stephen Segatore would like to tell Campbell's parents that she didn't die alone, and she didn't suffer for long. ...

    ... Even though he knew she probably wouldn't understand a word he said, Segatore told the woman he was a nurse and would take good care of her.
    For the next 10 minutes, Segatore, who works in the intensive care unit at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, an EMT and a physician gave her CPR. But a cardiac monitor showed her heart wasn't pumping blood. ...

    ... "The physician called (her death)," Segatore said. "The three of us who were working on her let out an expletive, a scream."
    The next day he saw a picture of Campbell and realized she was the woman he had tried to save. He knew immediately from the bright blue eye shadow in the photo.
    It was his only death Monday afternoon, and it has haunted him. Now Segatore would like to speak with the Campbells to tell them about their daughter's final moments.
    "I want them to know she was not alone when she died," he said. "We did everything we could to save her, but her wounds were too great." ...

    ... "I don't think she lingered. I don't think she suffered," he said. "If it were my daughter, I would want to know that." ...

    Nurse: Boston bombing victim didn't die alone -
  6. by   nursel56
    It's really comforting to read these stories about the best of humanity towards others - thanks for posting these. ♥
  7. by   uRNmyway
    Wow. Just speechless.

    Makes me even happier that they have found these sickos. I just hope they get this second one alive, if only to find out WHY?!