In the recent aftermath of the terror attacks in Boston, I am struck by the many unnamed heroes and selfless acts of courage.
One hero is MIT Officer Sean Collier.
He was killed in the line of duty while sitting in his patrol vehicle, ambushed without a chance to fight back as we know he would have. Terrorists Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reached into Officer Collier’s car after taking his life and attempted to grab his service weapon. They failed.
Taking to the streets of Boston in an effort to obviously take more human life, they were met by America’s thin blue line.
In a vicious shootout now seen by the world, we understand what their intent continued to be. Officers calmly and intensely engaged the brothers while thinking about public safety, line of fire and clear communication while other officers began arriving on scene.
As the dispatch center lit up, highly trained professionals began hearing and repeating every word, knowing if something was missed someone would not go home.EMS, fire and medical staff were alerted, put on standby and staged while waiting to hear either Code-4, suspect down or worse yet officer down.
Emergency Services professionals in the U.S. are the best in the world. As bombs were exploding, bullets flying and people were in need of help, men and women rained into the debris, running towards the explosions and the unknown, doing what they are trained to do.
At the on-scene Command Post, the SRT teams arrived, TERT was activated and logistics went in motion with public safety as the number one priority. Many moving parts came together as seconds begin to count. As the Adrenalin flows, its recognized immediately and gives officers the tactical edge and increases their situational awareness for officer safety. Training kicks in as time and breathing slows, thus helping to control the mind and body.
Fluid tactical incidents like the nation just witnessed in a real time aren’t understood until one is faced with running into danger as second nature.
Thank you, Officer Collier for having the courage to sacrifice your life in the service of your fellow man. God bless your family. Thank you to all of the countless heroes engaged in this War on Terror daily who, even at this moment, are answering 9-1-1 calls and to the crack of the radio responding “enroute” not knowing what lies at the other end.
We stand with you and say Code-4 “suspect in custody.”
This blog post was written by Chris McDonough, Oceanside Police Department (retired) and Rave Mobile Safety Account Executive
Chris is a nationally recognized criminal behavior expert with 25 years in Law Enforcement, 13 of those years as a Detective investigating homicide and death cases and 10 years as a member of his Department’s S.W.A.T. Team serving as a Hostage Negotiator, Special Enforcement Intelligence Detective and K-9 Handler.