A Harvard study one year after the Boston Marathon bombings extols the immediate response of police, medical personnel, and bystanders but notes that the chase after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev days later became dangerously uncoordinated….
It was a homeowner, not police, who ultimately located the suspect, notes Stephen Flynn, director of the Center for Resilience Studies at Northeastern University’s Institute for Homeland Security. And in most emergencies, such as the recent mudslide in Washington State, it is local residents who are first on the scene, he notes.

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