Amid Strong Emotions, Boston Prepares For Upcoming Marathon

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Master Sgt. Kenneth Huddleston, with the federal Department of Homeland Security’s mobile training unit, identifies a fake bomb under the hood of a car during a recent training session. (Deborah Becker/WBUR)

A year ago today, the elite runners had already crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon, but the race was still underway for so many runners, healthcare professionals ready to help them and spectators who lined the route.

Then the bombs went off. Three people were killed and more than 260 people were injured. More than a dozen of the injured required amputations.

Today, the city is paying tribute to the victims and the men and women who responded to help.

By most accounts, the city handled last year’s tragedy at the marathon’s finish line as well as could be expected. Decades of disaster drills appear to have paid off, with thousands of people from various agencies joining forces to try to save as many lives and limbs as possible.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Deborah Becker of WBUR reports on how officials are preparing for next Monday’s race. Planning is taking place on several fronts, amid uncertainty and some strong emotions.


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