We are fortunate to live in a world where many sacrifice their lives for others. So we are free and protected. On Thursday, April 18, MIT police officer Sean A. Collier was fatally shot by one of the Boston Marathon Suspects. He kept a campus, myself and others consider home, from harm.
But it cost us his life.
Were it not for his bravery, the suspects could have remained at large with more explosives.
But he gave us his life.
We will never be able to give him the thanks that he deserves. For standing up, while the rest of us were asked to stay inside, secure, unharmed. Thursday night was one of the longest nights I hope to quickly forget. The emotional rush, anxiety, fear, adrenaline pumps with every new break in the story…
But we are safe now.
In the midst of the tragic story, are many other stories of officers who jumped into action. Yet, “if you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil, that’s it: selflessly, compassionately, unafraid.”