Terror in Boston

Boston Public Works employee and AFSCME Local 445 member Steve Stapleton rushes to help first responders.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders and Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes reflected on the tradedy that took place in Boston April 15 during the Boston Marathon:

It is still too early to know who detonated bombs in Boston yesterday, but our hearts go out to those who lost family members and those struggling with the injuries they suffered. Words are always inadequate at a time such as this, but we share the sense of shock and sadness that have reverberated throughout our country after this senseless act of violence.

As always after tragedy strikes, public employees rush to the scene. While others move toward safety, first responders move toward the danger point. We saw that yesterday. Emergency and public service workers immediately went to work, assisting the injured and bringing order to the chaos in the streets. We can be proud of their service and sacrifice during the difficult moments after the explosions.

We keep foremost in our minds today the people of Boston and all those affected by this attack. Answers will come as investigators continue their work. We’re certain that they and their fellow public officers will help shed light on who was behind this attack, and ultimately bring them to justice.

We and all the members of AFSCME mourn the human lives lost in this senseless act. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims.