The scene, as the video footage shows, was chaotic.
The explosives, which were stashed surreptitiously in civilian style backpacks, were placed in highly populated areas alongside the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
The explosives were riddled with screws, nails, and bolts.
The idea, at least tactically, was to wound and kill as many innocent people as possible and to create fear and terror amongst the ranks of our fellow countrymen.
However, what these terrorists forget, and apparently can’t learn, is that Americans are resilient and powerful people who take care of their own.
We will get whoever did this, and most likely, eradicate them with extreme prejudice.
As a former law enforcement officer, EMT, and nurse, I’m proud of having worked alongside all of you throughout most of my adult life.
Albeit terrible, the ides of April demonstrated the strength and fortitude of the American people, as well as the courage of its first responders, firefighters, police, nurses, and physicians.
We should be, and often are, proud of what we do; conversely, we should remember the dangers of it.
Although we typically don’t work the front lines, our occupation is stressful.
We see some pretty terrible stuff and suffer the consequences from it.
We should, more than we do, confide in our friends, family, and fellow colleagues.
It isn’t uncommon for us to develop PTSD, depression, and/or anxiety. And it isn’t uncommon for us to self-medicate.
We need to take care of and look out for each other.
As far as I’m concerned, we’re an elite group of people, a group which runs into situations others flee from.
This week, I challenge you: when you get to work, thank your colleagues, EMTs, paramedics, firemen, policemen and physicians for what they do, day in and day out.
We don’t work in healthcare; we work in the mortality sciences.
We see the best and worst of humanity. And we do so willingly.
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller