Fire Fighters who were on detail that day, responded on the first and second alarms and the emergency communications dispatchers received a military style campaign ribbon with the Boston Fire Department logo and four yellow stripes commemorating the three lives lost at the bombing and M.I.T. police officer Sean Collier who was shot and killed a few night later by the alleged bombers.
Boston Fire Fighters Local 718 President, Rich Paris, stated “Our members acted as they do at every incident where lives are in danger, they put themselves in harms way to help others. Two bombs went off seconds apart - so there was no doubt about secondary devices, but that didn’t stop them from doing their job. Each of them acted appropriately and upheld the long standing traditions of this great Department”.
The ribbons will be worn on their Class A dress uniforms.
On the afternoon of April 15, 2013 at 2:49 p.m., two homemade bombs made from pressure cookers filled with nails, ball bearings and pieces of metal exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street in Copley Square.
Surveillance video captured two men, later identified as brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, in the spots where the bombs were placed.
Tamerlan was killed just after midnight on April 19 when he was run over by his brother in a stolen SUV during a gun battle with police.
A few hours earlier, the Tsarnaevs shot and killed M.I.T police officer Sean Collier in his police cruiser. Massachusetts Transit Officer Dic Donohue was also shot by the suspects and seriously wounded.
Killed were Martin Richard, 8, of Dorchester, Krystle Marie Campbell, 29, of Medford and Lü Lingzi, a 23-year-old Boston University graduate student and Chinese national.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was captured hiding in a boat in Watertown, is currently being held at the Devens Federal Medical Facility in Ayer, MA and is charged with 30 counts including murder and using weapons of mass destruction.
If convicted, he could face the death penalty.