No sooner had the smoke cleared than news coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the explosion in West turned to the emergency response. Bystanders and neighbors risked their own safety to help the wounded. First responders hit the ground in minutes.
People hurt in the explosions were assessed by medical teams trained to make split-second life-and-death decisions in the midst of chaos. The most gravely wounded were rapidly transported to hospitals staffed, equipped and prepared to treat traumatic blast injuries. People who could have died on the scene were saved.
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