Nearly 280 Amateur Radio Volunteers Support 2017 Boston Marathon –complete story , as reported in the ARRL ARES E-Letter, May 17, 2017. Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) members/volunteers helped with on-site radio communications to coordinate medical services, logistics, and security for this years Marathon which was held on Monday, April 17th -on Patriot’s Day… just weeks ago. The 121st Boston Marathon! [Note –Patriot’s Day (or Patriots’ Day) commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, which were fought near Boston in 1775. Patriot’s Day is annually held on the third Monday of April. It should not be confused with Patriot Day, held on September 11 to mark the anniversary of terrorist attacks in the USA in 2001.]
We can all remember the terror event of April 15, 2013, when two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators and wounding more than 260 other people. Four days later, after an intense manhunt that shut down the Boston area, police captured one of the bombing terrorists, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose older brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died following a shootout with law enforcement earlier that same day. Investigators concluded that the Tsarnaevs, who spent part of their childhoods in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan but lived in the United States for about a decade prior to the bombings, planned and carried out the attack on their own and were not formally connected to any terrorist organizations.(history.com) I guess they were ‘unaffiliated’ terrorists, aka just plain old ass holes, and they demonstrate why the Second Amendment is so important.
I think it’s safe to say that the Boston Marathon, and thousands of similar events held across our country every year are no longer the soft targets that they were four years ago. ARES volunteer Matt Knowles, KC1AEI, was among those helping out. “I feel like Amateur Radio plays an important role in the safety and security of the Boston Marathon,” said Knowles. “Our net operators were succinct, clear, and very patient, as we took care of our individual responsibilities on the course. All of the communications volunteers put forth a unified effort on Monday, which made for another successful race.”
While there are no guarantees regarding security at these and other such events, it’s nice to know we can all play a role even if only providing added eyes-on-the-ground/roof-tops, even on streets and sidewalks, or enhanced communications capability. We do what we can do. Don’t just say something, do something if you can! It’s our responsibility!
Another Wounded Warrior crosses the winners line! 😉
73 de Mike, KEØGZT