TIGARD, Ore. – The crew at Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue’s station 51 watched the events unfold in Boston very closely Monday, concerned about four of their own who were there.
The firefighters finished running the marathon just before the bomb went off. They were not injured but getting word back to friends and loved ones was difficult.
The four runners’ co-workers in Tigard were very concerned as they watched video of the explosions and tracked the news coverage.
They eventually learned that all four were safe, but it was still a very raw experience for the crew.
“Immediately your thoughts go not only to your fellow brother and sister firefighters, but actually the people you work with and are there,” said Lt. Nokes with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
The local crew said it was also an intense feeling to watch Boston firefighters responding to the emergency, knowing they were putting their lives on the line as they rushed in to save the bomb victims.
“Certainly events like this remind us to remain vigilant, remind us that as citizens we need to be aware and be on the lookout for things like that,” Nokes added. “But also, we have to go through our everyday lives and not be scared.”
The four Tigard firefighters who ran in the marathon plan to return home within the next two days.