By: James Lee, Ph.D.
A Note to Our Students
I want to express a few thoughts about the events that occurred in Boston. I am astounded by the number of people who, while maimed, survived bomb blasts. The courage and willingness of people to get bloodied to save others is what saved them. If not for their response, there would have been far more people killed–severed arteries swiftly drain life away. Some of the heroes have amazing stories too, like Carlos Arredondo, who was handing out US flags in honor of his two dead sons. It is also a credit to the people of Massachusetts that they have supported healthcare excellence through their government-run health insurance.
I am also stunned that the terrorists were captured within a week. As a professor in Justice Studies, I am so very proud of the police officers, first responders, investigators, and officials who worked the marathon bombings case. Their response showcases the way departments and divisions from various branches of government can cooperate to maximize effective response. The maxim that “you can accomplish amazing things if you do not care who gets the credit” is fitting here. It is clear that the increased requirements, training, and professionalism in our law enforcement communities has produced a higher class of talent.
I have been reflecting on you guys, many of you well on your way to careers in government, law enforcement, and first response, and I have had two thoughts. First, I am reminded that I am justified for having higher, more rigorous standards because I want the best-prepared people out in the field taking care of business. My second thought is that I cannot wait to see you guys in action. I will be so thrilled and proud to watch a press briefing like the one on this link, and to see you addressing the crowd or being among the dignitaries or to hear your voice on the audio of the dispatchers. I feel great about you guys taking on the jobs that will keep the rest of us safer.
It is appropriate to use the events of the last week as inspiration for our lives. Those events demonstrate the value of courage, cooperation, and dedication to excellence. I have never been more proud to be an educator in our field. You should be proud for your commitment to justice too.Tags: Boston Incident, Jame Lee, Ph.D.