Wednesday 17 April 2013
Boston Marathon heroes: Kindness and humanity amid the carnage
Out of the horror of the Boston marathon bombings, there emerged uplifting examples of human kindness as the city’s residents did all they could to help those caught up in the attack.
11:29AM BST 16 Apr 2013
One of the most shared messages on Twitter was a quote fromAmerican television host and Presbyterian minister Fred Rogers: “Look for the helpers. You’ll always find people who are helping.”
And it proved to be true.
So many of the runners continued to run across the finishing line and onwards to the Massachusetts General Hospital, in a rush to give blood, that they had to be turned away.
“Due to the generosity of our donors we don’t need blood at this time,” wrote the Red Cross for Eastern Massachusetts on Twitter.
But the volunteers kept on coming, leading the organisation to tweet an hour later: “We do *NOT* need blood at this time. Please schedule a future donation.”
So great was the wish to help that the Red Cross was forced to set up a diary to arrange appointments for all those queuing up to give blood.
Others provided more immediate assistance. One man was caught on camera rushing straight to the site where the bomb had detonated, where bloodied people were lying dazed on the pavement. He ripped off his belt to make a tourniquet and stem the bleeding, before turning to assist other seriously-injured victims.
Luke Russert reported on Twitter that he watched as a white-shirted volunteer in his red official baseball cap wheeled a woman out of the danger zone before rushing immediately back to the scene.
(Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
A retired American Football star, Joe Andruzzi, who won the Superbowl three times with the New England Patriots, carried victims away from the carnage (above). All three of his brothers were firemen in New York who responded to the September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers.
His charity cancer foundation was hosting an event on Boylston Street – the same street where the explosions were detonated – and the 37-year-old immediately dashed to help.
Other people opened their homes to those who were stranded, or offered lifts to people without transport. A Google document was set up with offers of help, such as: “Located across the street from Mass General Hospital. I have a couch and an inflatable twin mattress for anyone who needs to stay.”
Kristin Corona who lives in central Boston wrote: “I have a couch to offer and two beautiful chihuahuas to love you. My apartment is open to anyone in need.”
Restaurants in the area offered free meals and shelter to those caught up in the tragedy, allowing people to pay only if they were able to.
“Open wifi, place to charge your phone, cold drinks, or just don’t want to be alone,” tweeted the owner of El Pelon, a Mexican restaurant in the area.
“My coworkers and staff deserve a lot of credit: not one blinked when asked, not one when home when they could, those not working came in.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein: “All vets are mentally ill and
Government should prevent them from owning firearms”
Yep, – she really said it last Thursday in a meeting in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. . And the quote below from the LA Times is priceless.
Sometimes even the L.A. Times gets it right.
Kurt Nimmo: “Senator Feinstein insults all U.S. Veterans as she flays about in a vain attempt to save her bill.”
Quote of the Day from the Los Angeles Times:
Frankly, I don’t know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I’m not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we’re Number One. There’s no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on ‘Macbeth’. The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don’t know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words.
~Columnist Burt Prelutsky, Los Angeles Times