1st Sgt., fellow Guardsmen aid injured at Boston tragedy

By Meghann Myers, Staff Writer

First Sgt. Bernard Madore spent most of the Boston Marathon doing what first sergeants do: keeping his men on track, joking around, playfully shouting at the other runners to "get up the hill!"

The fun came to an abrupt end the afternoon of April 15, when two explosive devices went off near the finish line, killing three and injuring more than 180. That's when Madore's training kicked in.

"I started looking up and around as soon as it went off to see where's it going?" Madore told Army Times. "And then there was a secondary bomb, so we paused to look around, because you don't know if somebody's going to start shooting or what."

Madore and several other soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard's 1,060th Transportation Company had ruck-marched the 26.2-mile race to raise money for the nonprofit Military Friends Foundation. They were waiting in a medical tent for the last members of their group to catch up when the first blast went off around the corner.

The men rushed toward the scene and immediately began helping first-responders tear down a barricade that separated spectators from the marathon route. When the uninjured were freed, it was on to the next step.

"A medical assistant yelled at me, 'Hey, Army guy! Go do triage!' " Madore recalled.

For his part, Madore, a 26-year National Guard veteran with two deployments to Iraq, has returned home to Derry, N.H., but not without a changed perspective.

"I've seen bombs go off and accidents and blood and gore," he said. "Just to see that there - especially in the streets where I grew up - it was really devastating to me that this happened on our ground. And how dare they?"

We are thankful for the heroism displayed by Madore and his fellow Guardsmen.  They ran towards the sound of violence, without hesitation, to help the innocent people harmed in this evil and senseless act of terrorism.

Their willingness to put their own lives at risk, not knowing if they might be running into an ambush, a hail of gunfire, or another bomb blast, shows the awesome and selfless caliber of the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces.

According to official reports so far, none of the military personnel present that day were injured, but there are injured troops at Walter Reed receiving treatment  from injuries received defending this great country.