Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers who came to the rescue at the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001, have some of the same chronic health problems that their colleagues in the police and fire departments do, a new study finds.
When tracked over 12 years following the attacks, EMS 9/11 responders were seven times more likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than EMS workers who didn’t work that day. Responders were also twice as likely to have depression, according to the study.
EMS responders had nearly four times the risk of acid reflux and sinus infections compared to those who weren’t at work on the day of the attack. And the risk of obstructive airway disease was more than doubled in EMS responders, the study found.
Moreover, those who arrived at the scene right after the attack were most at risk of these physical and psychological conditions, researchers said. Read More
Evan Allen, Michael Levenson and Andrew Ryan Boston Globe
Keri Palazzo knelt where the first bomb had exploded and thought of her father, killed on September 11. He was watching over her, she said, at the Boston Marathon finish line two years ago when the shock of the blast thumped through her chest and shattered her sunglasses but left her unharmed.
Blocks down Boylston Street, the family of Martin Richard stood silently as bagpipes skirled and two bright banners emblazoned with hearts were unfurled above the spot where the 8-year-old was killed in the second explosion.
John Tlumacki Boston Globe
At Saint Brendan School in Dorchester, more than 200 students watched four white balloons float into the clear blue sky, one for each of the people killed by the Tsarnaev brothers. One child murmured, “Are they going up to God?” Read More
Hannah Sparks Boston.com
Wednesday marks the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, but it is also the first-ever One Boston Day, “a celebration of the resiliency, generosity, and strength of the people that make Boston the great city it is,” according to One Boston Day’s website.
The family of Martin Richard, 8, the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombs. photo John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe
Bostonians are encouraged to perform random acts of kindness throughout the day, especially toward firefighters, police officers, and other first responders who helped save lives on that day, and who have been so instrumental in the city’s recovery.
The city will also observe a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m., the time of the first explosion two years ago. The moment of silence will be followed by the ringing of church bells. Read More