AFSCME mourns tragic human cost of Boston explosions



 

Boston Public Works Department Employee and AFSCME Local 445 member Steve Stapleton rushes back to the site of the bombings to assist other first responders and victims. (Photo courtesy AFSCME Council 93)

Boston Public Works Department Employee and AFSCME Local 445 member Steve Stapleton rushes back to the site of the bombings to assist other first responders and victims. (Photo courtesy AFSCME Council 93)

AFSCME mourns tragic human cost of Boston explosions

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston.
Yesterday, two bombs ripped through a crowd at the Boston Marathon, near the finish line, killing three people and injuring 176. In the hours since, many questions remain unanswered, but the human toll has been great.
“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,” said AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders. “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.”
We are grateful to all those first responders and public service workers in Boston who rushed in to help when tragedy struck, including Boston Public Works Department Employee and AFSCME Local 445 (Council 93) member Steve Stapleton. All AFSCME members who were working in the area of Copley Square are safe and accounted for. Our hearts go out to the people of Boston and all those affected by this attack.
AFSCME Council 93 Executive Director Frank Moroney and Pres. Charles C. Owen, Jr., issued a statement on behalf of their entire membership and staff, offering their “deepest condolences to the hundreds of individuals and family members who have been impacted by yesterday’s brutal attack, especially the family of Martin Richard who suffered the unimaginable loss of a young child” and injuries to themselves.
“It appears as though the hundreds of AFSCME members who were on the job yesterday escaped injury and that provides us with some measure of comfort,” they said. “The knowledge that AFSCME public works and other city employees rushed to the scene to help first responders evacuate and treat the injured makes us proud. But these feelings of relief and pride are completely eclipsed by a profound sense of shock and sadness over what happened to our city, and the knowledge that many victims are still fighting for their lives while many others’ lives will never be the same.”
Council 93 represents more than 45,000 state, county and municipal employees in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.
“We and all the members of AFSCME mourn the human lives lost in this senseless act,” President Saunders said. “We extend our condolences to the families of the victims. Answers will come as investigators continue their work. We’re certain that they and their fellow public officers will help shed some light on who was behind this attack, and ultimately bring them to justice.”

Earlier post: As a public service union, at times of tragedies like Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, our hearts naturally go out to the victims and all the public employees we rely on to heal, dig out and bring justice.

Here is a statement from AFSCME President Lee Saunders and Sec.-Treas. Laura Reyes:

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

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.

 

Photo courtesy AFL-CIO

Photo courtesy AFL-CIO

Here is the statement from Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO:

“Today, our country mourns again and struggles to understand acts of indiscriminate and horrifying violence.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones in the Boston explosions, and those who are coping with the aftermath of such senseless violence. We condemn those who carried out these acts and practice such hatred.

“Many questions remain, but such tragedies remind us of the fragility of life, but also the ability for our communities to come together and heal.

“We commend all the first responders who time and time again risk their lives and run towards chaos to attend to the injured and comfort those in need.”

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