First Respon­ders and Law Enforce­ment
Rep­re­sented by Edward F. Davis III
Boston Police Com­mis­sioner
Doctor of Public Service

In the moments after two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line, and in the tense, dan­gerous hours and days that fol­lowed, many hun­dreds of caring and coura­geous people stepped up: law enforce­ment offi­cers, med­ical per­sonnel, public offi­cials, run­ners and spec­ta­tors, stu­dent vol­un­teers, and count­less others.

The bombing and its after­math took four inno­cent lives, maimed scores of other vic­tims, and put police offi­cers in mortal peril; one officer was fatally shot and another badly wounded. And the attackers sought to achieve the larger aim of all ter­ror­ists: to sow fear and mis­trust in society and deny the common humanity that binds us together.

The ter­ror­ists failed in that larger, more destruc­tive goal, thanks to the qual­i­ties of lead­er­ship dis­played by the people we honor: extra­or­di­nary bravery, faith, self­less­ness, and deter­mi­na­tion. They saved lives and soothed spirits in med­ical tents and in hos­pi­tals, devoted long hours of inves­tiga­tive work to iden­tify the sus­pects, and per­sisted in putting them­selves in harm’s way to appre­hend them.

Their for­ti­tude, com­mit­ment, and con­fi­dence spread across our region, engen­dering in our city and com­mu­nity a lasting sense of pride, strength, and unity. Ulti­mately, they showed America and the world what it means to be “Boston Strong.”