Boston Marathon


When the detonation of two pressure cooker bombs caught runners by surprise during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, killing three and injuring 264 others, Americans were shocked by the carnage that Monday afternoon and the intensive manhunt that followed. Many of us still do not know how to respond to such a catastrophe, much less know how to react within the first few minutes when help is needed most.

But for first responders like Joseph O’Hare, deputy superintendent of dispatch operations at Boston EMS, it was second nature.