THOUGHTS ON BOSTON –
In a region where fighting for freedom traces back to the original Tea Party, few in the Boston area were questioning Friday’s police lockdown as a reported 9,000 officers searched for the Boston Marathon bombers.
After the final suspect was captured, Watertown residents poured into police headquarters Saturday, dropping off food, flowers and plates filled with homemade cupcakes.
One of the people who watched the scene from close-up all week was Dennis Orosz, the brother of Lima News photographer Craig Orosz. He was at work Friday, a half-mile from where the shoot-out took place with suspects.
“I’ll be shocked if that last suspect’s not caught by the end of the day,” Orosz said in a noon phone conversation Friday from his office. “It’s surreal.”
Inside ER, ambulance
It had to be challenging for emergency room doctors when they learned 26-year-old bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was being transported Friday morning to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center? Dr. David Schoenfeld told The Associated Press, “There was some discussion in the emergency room about who it was. That discussion ended pretty quickly. It really doesn’t matter who the person is. We’re going to treat them as best we can.”
And how about the ambulance driver?
When younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was later captured Friday evening, not even a neck wound could keep him from swearing profusely at officers as he was transported to the hospital.
Story behind photo
A photo that appeared Tuesday on the front pages of newspapers across the country, including The Lima News, showed Jeff Bauman being wheeled away from the scene, his face spattered with blood. The story that followed is just as gripping:
Bauman was waiting for his girlfriend to complete the race when he saw a man wearing a cap, sunglasses, a hooded sweatshirt and a dark jacket drop a bag to the ground. The man looked Bauman in the eye. Minutes later, the bag, exploded.
In intensive care two days after the bombing, with both of his legs amputated below the knee, a groggy Bauman asked for a paper and pen and wrote, ‘bag, saw the guy, looked right me.’” His memory of the man was one of the critical clues that led investigators to the Tsarnaev brothers.
Shocked … and not
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s high school wrestling coach was shocked his two-year captain was a terrorist.
“Everybody loved him,” Peter Payack said. “He wasn’t a loner, the complete opposite. … He seemed like one of the most well-adjusted kids on the team. … Never in a million years did we expect anything like this,”
However, a top Russian security officer told The Los Angeles Times: “It is naive to think that young men from Chechnya would integrate into American culture all that naturally and easily. They would go to American schools and play with American kids and then would come home (and hear) talk about U.S. imperialism and expansion.”
Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau description of how a single officer from his department faced down the two suspects in a hijacked vehicle sounds like something straight out of the movies.
According to Deveau: The officer put his car in gear and jumped out of it, hoping they the suspects would think he was still in it as he fired from behind a tree. When additional officers arrived, the brothers hurled a pressure-cooker explosive at them, similar to the ones that exploded during the marathon. The officers dove for cover, and the elder brother began walking toward them, shooting until his weapon wouldn’t fire any more.
Deveau said, Tamerlan Tsarnaev fell as he took gunfire from the officers. As they were handcuffing him, the younger brother aimed the hijacked car at them and tried to run over the three police officers. He missed them and ended up running over his brother’s body and dragging it down the street. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev then jumped out of the car about a half block away and escaped on foot.
Police officers then combed Watertown for the “white hat” suspect, turning everyone on the streets int potential suspects. Pictures later emerged of terrified residents lying prostrate on the road, guns trained on their bodies. One man was stripped naked by police, presumably fearful that he was strapped with explosives.
Careful about comparisons
Most of today’s high school seniors were in kindergarten when 9-11 occurred and were one-year-old when the O.J. Simpson Bronco chase happened on live TV. If you’re comparing the Boston Marathon bombing to either of those events, you’re showing our age.
ROSES AND THORNS: A few this week.
Rose: Twenty-eight employees from Sign Source in Lima shared a $2 million Powerball drawing, each walking home with about $47,000 after taxes.
Rose: To Temple Patton of OSU-Lima, who received a one of 12 Distinguished Staff Awards handed out by the university.
Rose: To Denny Ricker, who for more 38 years has been the public address announcer for Columbus Grove football and boys’ basketball games. He’s the recipient of this year’s Paul Smith Sports Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by The Lima News.
Rose: To former Elida athletic director Dave May, who was inducted Sunday into the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Honor.
Rose: To Max Elsass, of Wapakoneta, who won the local college basketball Bracket Bucks contest sponsored by The Lima News, Lima Auto Mall, Reineke Family Dealerships, Fat Jack’s Pizza, Topmark Federal Credit Union and the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio.
Thorn: Hopefully, Stephen Walter, 54, of Wapakoneta will think twice before taking his canoe out again on the choppy, cold waters of Bresler Reservoir. He flipped his canoe and had to tread water for 20 minutes before American Township and Lima Fire Department rescue crews reached him.
Thorn: Dominique Badea, 30, jumped in the Ottawa River to escape two dogs that attacked him as he walked Monday morning on the River Walk near the YMCA. Badea was hospitalized with bites to both legs and arms. A sheriff’s deputy fatally shot one of Cane Corso dogs, an Italian breed known for being a companion, guardian and hunter.
PARTING SHOT: “This jersey that we wear today, it don’t say Red Sox. It say Boston. This is our (expletive) city! No one is going to take away our freedom.” _ baseball star David “Big Papi” Ortiz, bringing a crowd of 35,000 to a roar Saturday at Fenway Park as he explained why the team had ditched its usual at-home jerseys.