, Gloucester, MA

April 19, 2013

Editorial: Local response speaks volumes

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Rockport native Caroline Jouhourian (see news story, Page 1) says she doesn’t consider herself a hero for the way she responded to Tufts University Medical Center in Boston in the aftermath of Monday’s twin terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line.

But we do. And she’s not alone among Cape Ann responders and other residents who, in the wake of this horrific attack on Boston — and really on our American way of life as a whole — have stepped up throughout the week, showing our community’s strength in the face of these cowardly actions by a still-unknown enemy or enemies.

Those heroes are not just folks like Jouhourian, Essex Dr. David Driscoll, who was volunteering at the marathon medical tent, then sprung into an entirely new level of response when the explosions struck, or Gloucester police K9 officer Chris Genovese and his trained dog, Mako, who went to Boston Monday night to assist with the investigation. It also means people like Gloucester runner Meghan Cole, who — like other Cape Ann residents involved in Monday’s race — was obviously stunned by the news when told to cut short her first fund-raising Marathon run, yet stood firm and vowed to return next year.

“I’m not going to let this prevent me from doing anything else,” Cole said. “... We can’t let this instill fear in us.”

She’s right, of course. And that — like President Obama’s powerful address in Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross Thursday — should send the terrorists a clear message, and it is this:

Yes, Monday’s attack has claimed three lives, and changed hundreds of others. But it is has failed to break or even bend our spirit, and in fact has brought out the very best resolve and responses in so many of our people, in Boston, here on Cape Ann and far beyond.

That should be part of our lasting memory of a week we can never forget.