Amid the tales of horror that follow any tragedy like the one experienced Monday in Boston, come the stories of compassion and heroism--like this one, heard at the end of Tuesday afternoon’s police press conference.
“We visited a young woman named Victoria,” said Mass. Governor Deval Patrick at the end of Tuesday’s briefing, “who is in the hospital because of serious shrapnel wounds.”
Victoria was in a state of hysteria, he said, when she was carried by a firefighter from the site of the first blast to a medical tent. But once inside the tent, there was someone--an army sergeant and Afghanistan veteran--who helped ease her pain and panic.
“His name is Tyler. That’s all we know,” said Patrick. “And one of things he said to her to calm her down was to show her his own shrapnel wound from when he was in Afghanistan.”
Governor Patrick had a message to share:
“Victoria very very much wants to thank Tyler personally. So if Tyler is out there and listening, or reading the reports, we would love to hear from Tyler, so that we can connect him to Victoria. Tyler can get in touch with us by dialing 617-725-4000. If you could just get that word out, I’d appreciate the favor, and--more to the point--Victoria would.”